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Pictured, from left, are Chesapeake Housing Mission Executive Director Don Taylor, Atlantic General co-interim President/CEO Sally Dowling, Chesapeake Housing Mission board members Peggy Bradford and Vernon Rivers, Atlantic General co-interim President/CEO Kim Justice, Worcester County Health Department’s Tracey Age and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza. Photo by Bethany Hooper

BERLIN – A new partnership among three area agencies is expected to reduce unsafe living conditions. On Wednesday, the Chesapeake Housing Mission (CHM), Atlantic General Hospital and the Worcester County Health Department announced the launch of its “Healthy Homes Initiative,” a three-pronged approach to reducing unsafe and unhealthy living conditions in homes across Worcester County. Officials say the partnership is the first of its kind in the region and is focused on people living below the poverty level. The main goal of the initiative, they say,

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is prevention of falls and other illness caused by living in an unhealthy environment. “Over the past six years, Chesapeake Housing Mission has repaired 91 homes in our county. Such a huge number, but it only translates to 3.8% of the need,” said Sally Dowling, co-interim president and CEO of Atlantic General. “With this initiative, we aim to increase the awareness of the social determinants of health in our community and to focus on improving our population’s health by impacting their home living environment.” Don Taylor, executive director for the Chesapeake Housing Mission, said his agency has completed 600 critical home repairs over the past 11 years, resulting in fewer falls and reductions in hospital costs and emergency room admissions. But he noted those efforts only represent a fraction of the work that can be done. To that end, the three agencies say they are teaming up on the Healthy Homes Initiative. “We’ve been working together for a while, but formalizing our agreement and bringing it to the table and lending that support is very important to us,” Taylor said. As part of the partnership, Chesapeake Housing Mission will provide critical home repair services to Worcester County residents living below the poverty level by designing, obtaining permits and providing materials for the projects, while Atlantic General Hospital and Health System will provide employee work teams to complete projects and reimburse CHM for materials. The Worcester County Health Department will collaborate with CHM to screen vulnerable adults who may be in need of critical home repairs and work on a training program on home safety and health. “We’re looking forward to a closer relationship that will enable the Chesapeake Housing Mission and the Worcester County Health Department to identify safety issues and clients’ needs,” said Worcester County Health Department’s Tracey Age. A collaboration between the three groups is expected to facilitate improved living conditions for poverty-level residents and help them remain safely in their homes by reducing the risk of falls and other health problems, increasing access to services and improving quality of life in Worcester County. A press conference was held on Wednesday to formalize the agreement. “We believe the Healthy Homes Initiative fits perfectly with our long-term strategic initiatives,” Dowling said, “and we are committed to and excited to provide the necessary resources to support or community.” Taylor added the partnership was about neighbor helping neighbor. “We love this partnership and think it’s going to make a dramatic improvement,” he said.


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WEST OCEAN CITY – One of the offshore wind energy project developers announced on Wednesday it was developing a major operations and maintenance facility along the harbor in West Ocean City. Ørsted, whose Skipjack 1 project is making its way through the federal approval process, is planning to build Maryland’s first emissions-free offshore wind operations and maintenance facility in West Ocean City. The $20 million project

located on Harbor Road in West Ocean City will service Ørsted’s Skipjack 1 project planned for a designated wind energy area off the coast of the resort. Ørsted’s Skipjack 1 project was approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2017 and calls for a 120-megwatt wind farm sited about 19 miles off the resort coast and is now going through federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) review. This summer, Ørsted filed an application with the PSC for Skipjack 2, a second-phase wind farm planned to generate 760 megawatts, or about six times the size of Skipjack 1. Ørsted’s proposed West Ocean City facility will provide operations and maintenance to service the company’s Skipjack Wind program. It is expected to create up to 110 temporary and permanent jobs in the community and position the Ocean City area as a strategic hub for offshore wind jobs and economic activity. The facility will serve as the strategic embarkation point for up to three Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV) that will service the Skipjack 1 project. The location will include a warehouse and serve as Ørsted’s Ocean City office. Ørsted plans to utilize zero emissions vessels at the facility as part of its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The facility will serve as the permanent home for key members of the Skipjack 1 Maryland team, including highly-skilled wind turbine maintenance technicians, engineers and other operations personnel. By locating its operations and maintenance facility in West Ocean City, Ørsted officials said this week the company is fulfilling a commitment made to the state of Maryland when the PSC awarded the project in 2017. The announcement marks the second major economic commitment Ørsted has fulfilled, following the 2019 launch of Maryland’s first offshore wind staging center in Baltimore County. “As the global leader in offshore wind energy, Ørsted firmly believes that the Ocean City community deserves full access to the incredible promise of this new American industry,” said Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy. “We are excited to fulfill another commitment made to the state of Maryland and look forward to working with Ocean City residents, including its local fishing community, to make this a project that benefits all.” U.S. Senator Ben Cardin offered effusive praise for the proposed facility in West Ocean City. “Wind energy promises cost-effective clean energy and jobs right here at home,” he said. “I’m excited to see how this project moves forward, working closely with Ocean City and the local community. This new facility will help solidify Maryland as a national leader in creating the clean energy economy that will strengthen national security by lessening our dependence on foreign oil and protect our environment for generations to come.”


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OCEAN CITY – With last month’s pop-up car rally in the rear-view mirror, resort officials and citizens had an opportunity to weigh in on the event with all agreeing it was tamer than recent years. Two weekends ago, the Town of Ocean City, its police department and its allied agencies and the community were bracing for another raucous unsanctioned pop-up car rally and the reckless behavior and destruction it often brings. The special event zone was in place, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) and hundreds of allied law enforcement officers from other agencies were on duty and the town’s enhanced towing ordinance was in effect among other initiatives. There were fewer participants on the town’s roadways over the weekend, and despite some significant hassles at times, there were fewer major crimes, including assaults on officers. Statistically, a breakdown showed significant drop-offs in calls for service, arrests, citations, tows and almost every other category compared to the same weekend in 2020. The drop-offs were even more significant in pre-COVID 2019, when five-year peaks were reached in most categories. The Mayor and Council met in a work session just a couple of days after the pop-up car rally in late September without making any comments. Near the close of Monday’s regular Mayor and Council meeting, elected officials and members of the public took the opportunity to weigh in on the successes two weekends ago. “I just want to thank all of the law enforcement that was in town,” said Council President Matt James. “We’ve heard about it a little bit tonight. Last weekend went very well. I think the efforts that law enforcement have made over the last two years seem to be working.” However, James said there was no time for atta boys and pats on the backs and the town must stay the course in its planning and implementation for the unsanctioned event going forward. “I agree we should not let up anytime soon,” he said. “We need to keep an eye on it at least another year or two to make sure we have everything under control.” Mayor Rick Meehan said he has heard murmurs throughout the community in the weeks following the event about the enforcement and compliance successes this year compared to previous years. “It has been talked about throughout the community and the success we had two weekends ago and how much better everything was,” he said. “It was a culmination of about four years’ worth of work and a lot of people should be thanked for that. Thanks to the motor vehicle task force, the governor’s office, all of the state agencies, our allied agenSEE PAGE 9

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OCEAN CITY – The resort community lost an icon last weekend with the passing of Dough Roller patriarch Bill Gibbs, a successful businessman and a familiar face on the Boardwalk for decades. Gibbs grew up in Ocean City and began his first restaurant job at the age of 14, serving pizza at a local shop downtown. By the age of 22, he bought Jose’s, an old pizza shop on Wicomico Street. In 1980, the young entrepreneur had the means to buy the Breakers Hotel, where he had worked as a beach boy renting umbrellas and chairs. After reconfiguring the hotel’s front porch area, Gibbs opened his first Dough Roller restaurant the next year. He expanded to start offering breakfast on the Boardwalk a short time later.

Over the years, Gibbs’ Dough Roller empire grew, as did his family. The family continues to operate multiple Dough Roller restaurants on the Boardwalk and throughout the resort. While he will be fondly remembered for his business acumen, he will perhaps most be remembered for his service to the community. He was often at City Council meetings and served on various volunteer task forces and commissions. He was named Businessman of the Year in Ocean City in 2014 when he received a key to the city. Gibbs served as president of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (HMRA) and was a founding member of the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC). He was also a founding member of the Downtown Improvement Association and served on the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation,

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row and many other charities. Gibbs and his wife, Julie, received the Brice and Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Award from the Restaurant Association of Maryland in 2012. At the close of Monday’s meeting, Mayor Rick Meehan fondly recalled his old friend of decades. Meehan recalled recently seeing Gibbs on a bench outside his Boardwalk restaurant while Meehan was riding his bike and recalled his many conversations with him over the years. “We lost a very prominent Ocean City citizen over the weekend and that is Bill Gibbs,” he said. “Bill lived here all of his life and he grew up in Ocean City. I’ve known Bill since the early 1970s before he owned the Dough Roller.” Meehan recounted Gibbs’ successes over the years from his first jobs as a teenager, to his first restaurant to finally what Dough Roller has become over the years. “He was a great entrepreneur,” he said. “He opened his first Dough Roller in 1981. Before that, he had a small pizza shop on Wicomico Street. It is truly a family business. All three of his sons – Jeff, Gary and Kevin – are all involved in the business.” Most importantly, the mayor recounted Gibbs’ lasting legacy in Ocean City. “He was a good friend and a great guy,” he said. “Everybody that ever worked for Bill Gibbs will tell you he was a terrific boss and a great guy to work for. He gave an awful lot back to the Town of Ocean City. He was Businessman of the Year. I’m going to miss Bill and I don’t want to forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we will all miss him.” HMRA Executive Director Susan Jones said this week her family has a history with Gibbs and the Dough Roller. “Both my husband and daughter have worked for Mr. Gibbs in their teens and loved their time working for Dough Roller,” she said. “Mr. Gibbs served as president of the HMRA from 1988 to 1989, so it was prior to my arrival. However, I always enjoyed when I was able to speak with him as there was never any fluff. We always had an honest and spirited conversation.” Jones recalled a particular event when Gibbs’ hospitable nature was on display. “I remember a dinner meeting we held at Castaways restaurant,” she said. “He was working tirelessly to make sure everyone was served before he got his meal, the epitome of hospitality. He’ll be missed for sure.” OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin also fondly recalled Gibbs. “He had a powerful personality, possessed an entrepreneurial spirit in his many business dealings, was a proud family man, and possessed a tremendous heart,” he said. “Bill provided financial and personal support to many community projects, like the white marlin statue at the foot of the Route 50 Bridge, the holiday lighting fixtures at the Inlet and throughout downtown, golf tournament fundraisers and others. Downtown Ocean City and all of Ocean City is that much better because of Bill Gibbs.”


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FROM PAGE 7 cies and, of course, our police department for continuing to put a good plan in place and being able to execute that plan.” The town’s elected officials and leaders have taken heat in the past over the perceived handling of the pop-up car rally. On Monday, Meehan praised the private sector for its role in the enforcement efforts, but also for being patient while all elements of the plan came together. “We really need to thank our citizens for being patient and allowing us some time,” he said. “We made a promise we were moving in the right direction and they had patience and supported the town and supported the council and all of the law enforcement agencies.” Like James, Meehan said now was not the time to let the town’s collective guard down. “We’re going to continue to be vigilant and do what we need to do to maintain that level of compliance and maybe even improve on it,” he said. Before the Mayor and Council could be heard on the pop-up event, a handful of private citizens took their turn. Local resident Martin Brannigan praised the town’s plan for the event and thanked the allied law enforcement for being on the front lines during the pop-up rally. “I want to acknowledge and praise the planning and implementation of crowd control last weekend,” he said. “It

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was a pleasant surprise. I know the police are an easy target. It’s easy to have a cell phone stuck in your face and have to worry about a syllable being taken the wrong way. I just want to say it’s appreciated what the police were able to accomplish.” Ocean City Fire Department spokesman and Local IAFF 4269 President Ryan Whittington he said worked most of the pop-up weekend in various capacities and also praised the town for its planning. “I’d like to compliment the Mayor and Council on your planning and organization for the pop-up car rally,” he said. “Not only did I have the opportunity to work in the joint information center and see some of you there with us in the early morning hours, but also the planning that went into it at the local level, and the state level with the special event zone.” Whittington agreed the statistics from pop-up car rally weekend bore out the successes of the various plans in place. “We looked at the 911 calls and they were nowhere close to where they have been in years past,” he said. “This council has always put public safety first. I still think we have to come with a heavy hand next year to let them know we mean business. It wasn’t only appreciated by the residents, but on behalf of the firefighters, paramedics, and the fire marshals, I thank you for all of the planning that went into that.”

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

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OCEAN CITY – An ordinance presented for second reading this week establishing a one-foot freeboard elevation for new construction in the downtown area was tabled after questions were raised about some of the language. For months, resort officials at different levels have been working on adopting a new one-foot freeboard elevation requirement for new or substantially improved residential or commercial construction in the downtown area south of 3rd Street.

The new minimum standard for maintaining Ocean City’s Community Rating System (CRS) flood rating requires the town adopt and enforce at least a one-foot freeboard elevation for new construction in the downtown area designated as a Special Flood Hazard Area. While the town building code generally requires additional elevation for new construction of three feet above base flood elevation, portions of the town in the downtown mixed-use zoning district (DMX) were exempt from freeboard elevation requirements in the last code amendment in 2015, recognizing zoning

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criteria that encouraged direct sidewalk access to retail stores with minimal setbacks. The Mayor and Council had before them for second reading on Monday an ordinance that would codify the one-foot freeboard requirement in the downtown area in order to meet flood insurance through the CRS. The town’s Class 6 CRS currently provides policy holders with an average discount of $63 per policy, or roughly a $1.1 million savings for the entire community. The town’s CRS was scheduled for review and approval this month, necessitating the code change for the one-foot freeboard requirement in the downtown area. The ordinance on the table on Monday would have achieved the desired result and appeared to be on its way to passage with little discussion. However, Councilman Peter Buas raised the issue of what the one-foot freeboard would mean for the overall height allowed for new residential or commercial buildings. “The last time this came up, we were concerned about the height restrictions and whether it was measured from base flood elevation or freeboard,” he said. “There was an assertion that everything in this district would be measured from freeboard, which it is not.” Buas pointed out the ordinance presented Monday addressed the DMX zone, but was not consistent with the

other zoning districts in the downtown area. “I think it should be consistent either from grade or base elevation,” he said. “I think that ought to be looked at if we’re going to approve this. So, until we can couple these, and I think there’s enough time before and deadlines regarding flood insurance, we should consider tabling this.” Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville said the last time the issue was discussed, the DMX downtown mixed-use district was amended in 2020 to say that building height should be measured from base flood elevation or freeboard. “The DMX covers a little over half of the downtown area,” he said. “The rest is made up of other zoning districts that don’t have the same language, so you’re right. We can remedy that by bringing the other zoning districts in under the same language.” Buas recommended tabling the ordinance for second reading on Monday to ensure it meshes with language in the other zoning districts in the downtown area. “I think it would be premature to pass this now,” he said. “It would essentially be lowering everybody’s building envelop by a foot.” Buas made a motion to table the ordinance and remand it to staff for further review. The motion passed unanimously.

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SNOW HILL – Officials are hopeful a new mobile unit will bring library services out into the community. The Worcester County Library is in the process of procuring a “branch on wheels” to carry books, issue library cards and serve as a wi-fi hotspot for the public. “We envision the mobile library unit as a ‘branch on wheels’ that will help us meet people where they are—at community fairs and festivals, farmers markets, and school events,” said Jennifer Ranck, director of the Worcester County Library. “It will also enable us to serve people who might not be able to easily visit their local library.” The Worcester County Library was awarded a $100,000 American Rescue Plan Act grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Maryland State Library for the mobile unit. Ranck told the Worcester County Commissioners this week that wasn’t enough money to purchase the unit, however. “Unfortunately I did ask for a bit more,” she said. “We weren’t fully funded bec-

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OCEAN CITY – As Ocean City has evolved into a more year-round resort, is it time to revisit the annual salaries of its elected officials? The unsolicited question was raised during the public comment period of this week’s meeting by Career FirefighterParamedic Union, Local IAFF 4369 President Ryan Whittington at this week’s meeting. “As we go into October with every weekend packed with activities for families, then we go into November and then the holidays and different events, I think the goal of this council has been to become a true, year-round community,” he said. “You have achieved that.” Whittington said the salaries of the elected officials have remained fairly stagnant over the years. “I ask that you consider how we’ve evolved as a town,” he said. “It’s something we should look at. I took a look at the strategic plan and some of the goals and different initiatives and I believe we can start with your positions as Mayor and Council.” The Mayor and Council have not discussed salary increases, at least not publicly, and there has been no recent agenda item surrounding their salaries. “You’re not part-time employees,” Whittington said. “I think you can look at what you do every day -- constituent

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service, special events, council meetings, the various work sessions and commissions -- and councilmembers make less than $10,000. That’s less than a part-time employee.” Whittington urged the elected officials to take a closer look. The mayor’s salary is $30,000 per year and council members make $10,000 with the president making $11,000. “I ask that you look at your structure with pay, not just your structure, but the structure of the town,” he said. “I don’t know how you actually go about increasing the salaries, but it should be looked at. Starting at the top with your positions, I would like to know how to increase those salaries, especially as we go into budget season.” City Manager Doug Miller, who has held executive positions in other jurisdictions, agreed with Whittington’s assessment. “To Mr. Whittington’s point, I agree you are grossly underpaid,” he said. “I have worked with other councils that do a fraction of what you do, and they get paid more.” Miller explained the process for amending the town’s charter. “… if you want to change the charter to adjust the salaries, it has to be done before the next council is seated,” he said. “In a little over a year, you’ll have an election, so whatever you do, if you do anything, would have to be done in that timeframe.”

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WEST OCEAN CITY – Community members joined a local nonprofit last week in collecting more than 2,000 pounds of trash from area waterways and streets. Last Sunday, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) held its second annual Marine Debris Plunder in celebration of National Estuaries Week. While participation was much less than last year, MCBP Outreach and Marketing Coordinator Sandi Smith said attendees were still able to collect more than one ton of trash, including a dilapidated dingy and a paddle boat. “We were a little disappointed in the participation, but there was a lot going on that weekend,” she said. “But with that being said, the teams that collected the most amount of trash last year came back this year and didn’t disappoint.” In 2020, MCBP – in partnership with Blue Water Development and Pure Lure Reel Fishing Gear – hosted its first annual Marine Debris Plunder, a day-long event that engages the community in picking up debris found in the waterways and streets and bringing it to one location to be weighed and disposed of properly. Traveling by both land and sea, Smith said the majority of this year’s participants covered the areas of the St. Martins River and Cape Isle of Wight Bay. “This cleanup is focused on abandoned crab pots, so the most common debris collected were crab pots,” she said. “MCBP has recently received funding to engage the community on a marine debris outreach program to garner more support on educating the community on the perils of abandoned pots and create a process for the community to collect and dispose debris.” Smith recognized several groups – including the Howell, Odachowski, Baker, McConnell, Ennis, Burbage, Smith, Woodward and VanHoose teams – for participating in this year’s Marine Debris Plunder. She also acknowledged the assistance of Captain Jack Sparrow, the volunteer efforts of Salisbury University’s Theta Chi Fraternity and partnerships with Worcester County Government and Goody Hill. “This year, the county was key in helping us secure the location and dispose of the debris properly,” she said. “Goody Hill was very generous to donate their services of a container and the transportation to dispose of the debris.” Because of this year’s reduced participation, several Marine Debris Plunder participants will now be part of a committee to create a bigger and better event in 2022. Smith said those interested in joining the group can contact sandis@mdcoastalbays.org or call 410-213-2297 ext. 106.

An abandoned crab pot and small boat were among the finds during last week’s annual debris cleanup.

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Brewery Partners With Pediatric Cancer Foundation For Fundraiser

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BERLIN – Burley Oak Brewing Company will be working with Brewing Funds the Cure this month to support the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Burley Oak is releasing the IPA Rising Hope this month and will host a release party and fundraiser Oct. 18 with proceeds going to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. This is just one of several charity events the brewery has on its fall schedule. “It’s what we’ve been doing for 10 years,” Burley Oak’s Bryan Brushmiller said. He says the brewery has always made an effort to support the community and is looking forward to continuing that tradition. In partnering with Brewing Funds the Cure, Burley Oak will release a new beer to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. “The Brewing Funds the Cure initiative allows the passion and creativity from the brewing industry nationwide to help fund critical research in collaboration with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation,” reads a press release from the foundation. “The signature program for Brewing Funds for the Cure is the annual release of Rising Hope. Now in its

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third year, the goal of the program is to have one brewery in each state produce the iconic Rising Hope IPA.” In the first two years of the program, brewing partners across the country have raised over $325,000 for cancer research. At Burley, Rising Hope will be released Oct. 11 and will be featured in a special fundraising event in the tap room Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event comes in the wake of a highly successful fundraiser for Haven Helmuth. Brushmiller said the brewery hosted “Jammin’ for Haven” in September and raised $10,000 to support Helmuth, a local teenager battling cancer. A GoFundMe page for Helmuth has raised nearly $65,000 to help the family with his medical expenses as well as lost income associated with treatments in Baltimore. “It’s heartwarming to see this is the type of community we have,” Brushmiller said. Other fundraisers on Burley Oak’s upcoming schedule include a black tie event at the Globe Theatre in December and the second annual Noise for Toys benefitting Toys for Tots in December. In addition, the brewery has launched a Burley Oak Charity Night program on Mondays. Any organization interested in hosting a benefit at the brewery can email ari@burleyoak.com.


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OCEAN CITY – The holiday weekend brings with it the 24th Annual Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show. The four-day automotive event began Thursday and remains one of the eastern region’s most attended fall car shows with hot rods, classics, customs and more. Headquarters for the event will once again be the Inlet parking lot with activities at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street as well as businesses around town. Scheduled to appear this year as one of the featured celebrities is Jerry Mathers, best known for his role as Beaver Cleaver on the classic show “Leave it to Beaver.” Mathers will be at the convention center on Friday Oct. 8 and at the Inlet Saturday Oct. 9. Also joining the fun will be Joe Zolper from the hit show “Garage Squad.” He will be at the Inlet Friday Oct. 8 and at the convention center on Saturday, Oct. 9. Some of the top national names in the country will be on display at Manufacturer’s Midway located at the Inlet including Advance Auto Parts, Advantage Lifts, AMSOIL, Classic Auto Mall, GEICO, Hagerty, One Off Rod & Custom, Summit Racing and many more. Also make sure to check out the vendor showroom for all your automotive needs plus jewelry, arts and crafts and more at the convention center. On Friday night, the Inlet parking lot will host a Drive-In Movie featuring Back to the Future. While the movie is free to watch thanks to sponsorships, paid parking will still be in effect. Another Endless Summer Cruisin Car Show highlight are the special Boardwalk parades that will take place Friday and Saturday mornings. Parades begin at 8 a.m. leaving 27th Street and cruising south along the Boardwalk to the Inlet. Spectator tickets for Endless Summer Cruisin are $10 on Sunday and $15 each on Friday and Saturday. Full event passes are also available for $35 at the event. Event organizers issued reminders this week about the special event zone being in place throughout the weekend to ensure public safety. “Endless Summer Cruisin has always held safety as our number one priority. The event does not tolerate unlawful activities or the disrespect of Ocean City,” a statement read. “… During Endless Summer Cruisin, the Town of Ocean City and Worcester County will be classified as a special event zone where there will be increased fines for speeding, negligent/reckless driving, spinning wheels and alcohol related offenses. We encourage everyone that comes to Ocean City for Endless Summer Cruisin, both participants and spectators, to respect the town and abide by the rules. In addition, we have added extra health safety measures for 2021. Please make sure you wear a mask if required, practice physical distancing and wash your hands frequently while attending Endless Summer Cruisin. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to a wonderful and safe Endless Summer Cruisin for 2021 and years to come.”

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New Deputy Administrator Named

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners named recently retired U.S. Navy Commander Joseph E. Parker, III as the new deputy chief administrative officer (DCAO). He will join Worcester County’s administration on Oct. 18. “I am humbled and excited at the opportunity to join this talented team and to serve the citizens and elected commissioners of Maryland’s Coast – Worcester County,” said Parker, who was raised in Berlin. “Our challenge will be to continue the exceptional legacy and seek to safely navigate our county to a successful future.” Parker, a decorated Naval aviator, brings 22 years of leadership experience to his new position. Commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1999, he began his career as a pilot and advanced through the ranks to become the reserve program budget director for the forward deployed U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan and the Office of the Judge Advocate General. In addition to providing manpower resources and budgetary oversight, Parker accumulated over 2,800 JOSEPH E. hours flight time while PARKER, III serving as helicopter aircraft commander, multi-engine/fixed-wing flight instructor, and squadron department head for safety and operations. In Pensacola, he oversaw flight operations for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard helicopter

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pilots, including leading 60 flight instructors and 200 student Naval aviators at his squadron. Commander Parker completed four shipboard deployments (two for Operation Iraqi Freedom) onboard warships USS Boone, USS Vicksburg, USS Bataan, and USS Blue Ridge. He spent eight years of his career overseas in the Middle East and forward deployed sea duty in Japan. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in management and leadership from Webster University, and a Master of Arts in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He will step into the roll previously held by Chief Administrative Officer Weston Young. The DCAO oversees independent and broadly-defined missions and special projects and acts on behalf of Young in his absence as directed.

County Approves School Board Member

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners appointed Nathaniel “Nate” Passwaters to the Board of Education to fill the remainder of a four-year term through November 2022. This vacancy was created by the sudden passing of Eric W. Cropper, Sr. “This has been a difficult process because I lost a dear friend, Eric Cropper,” Commissioner Jim Bunting said. “While several excellent candidates expressed interest in filling the vacancy, we agree that Nate is the right fit for this position.” Passwaters, a captain with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and 28year-law enforcement veteran, was appointed to represent District Six, the Northern District. “We are very excited to welcome Nate into the Worcester County Public Schools family,” said Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. “With his background and unique role in our community, he will bring a new perspective to the board when he joins them later this month. While we all still feel Mr. NATE Cropper’s absence, I am PASSWATERS confident that Nate will step into this role with the same dedication and love for Worcester County’s children that Eric so easily embodied.” Passwaters is an active community member who also serves on the Hudson Health Board of Directors. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and humbled to be able to continue Eric’s legacy,” Passwaters said. “I’m also looking forward to serving on the board to advocate for the outstanding staff and students of Worcester County Public Schools.” The BOE is made up of seven-members who serve staggered, four-year terms.


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the altercation, and she told police she threw a knife at the victim, but it hit the floor and broke. When asked to clarify her statement, Wade told officers she threw a fork, and not a knife, at the male victim. OCPD officers interviewed the male victim, who advised the couple had gotten into an argument because of her level of intoxication, according to police reports. The male victim reportedly told police when the argument continued, he poured a bottle of alcohol down a drain, incensing Wade more and she began slapping the male victim, according to police reports. When the male victim pushed Wade onto a bed and told her to go to sleep, she retrieved a steak knife from the kitchen and threw it at the victim, according to police reports. Wade was arrested and charged with first-and second-degree assault. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

Counterfeit, Drugs Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Northeast, Md., man was arrested last weekend on multiple charges after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit bill at a restaurant. Around 8 p.m. last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a restaurant at 123rd Street for a reported counterfeit incident. The caller advised Patrick Baldwin, 26, of Northeast, Md., had tried to pay for his bill with a fake $20 bill, according to police reports. OCPD officers met with the fast-food restaurant manager, who advised one of her employees working the drive-through window noticed the bill was fake as it stated largely “Motion Picture Use Only,” according to police reports. The employee told Baldwin the bill was phony and asked for another form of payment, according to police reports. Baldwin presented a credit card under a different name, but it was declined after two attempts. Baldwin reportedly told the employee to cancel the transaction and drove off. The employee was able to get the make and model of the vehicle and a tag number, according to police reports. An OCPD officer observed the $20 bill Baldwin allegedly tried to use and also determined it was fake. The employee had a tag number, but could not remember what state it was from, but thought it was a Maryland plate. OCPD officers tracked the tag number through a database and determined it was registered to a female bearing the same name as the credit card Baldwin attempted to use at the drivethrough. A further investigation into the female vehicle owner’s social media page revealed recent pictures of Baldwin and her status revealed she was married to Baldwin. A recent post on social media revealed Baldwin and the female were staying at a hotel on 54th Street. While OCPD officers were at the hotel, a vehicle matching the description provided by the employee returned. OCPD officers stopped SEE NEXT PAGE


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... COPS & COURTS Baldwin, who admitted he had been at the restaurant earlier trying to get fries and a drink for his child. He told police how the employees said his bill was fake and how the credit card in his wife’s name was declined. Without being asked, Baldwin reportedly produced another bill from his wallet, which was also determined to be fake, marked with “Motion Picture Use Only.” Baldwin said he was not sure where he got the counterfeit money. He was arrested for attempting to pass counterfeit currency. During a search, OCPD officers located a switchblade-style knife and small vial containing methamphetamine and additional charges were added.

Couple Arrested In Hotel Spat OCEAN CITY – A couple was arrested last weekend on assault and theft charges after an apparent domestic incident. Around 4:25 p.m. last Friday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a hotel at 8th Street for a reported domestic dispute. OCPD officers met with a front desk clerk who directed them to a room on the fourth floor. The officers met with a female identified as Shanequia Bohannan, 37, of Denver, Colo., and a male suspect identified as Clifton Johnson, 46, of Ocean City. According to police reports, Johnson’s shirt was ripped, and he was crying. Bohannan reportedly had deep scratch marks on her left forearm and upper arm. Bohannan reportedly told police Johnson took her $400 smart phone and she

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch fought Johnson to get it back. Bohannan told police she chased Johnson all over the unit in an attempt to get her phone back. Bohannan reportedly told police Johnson had caused the scratches on her arm with a key or some other sharp object. Bohannan told officers she watched Johnson take her phone and a room key and leave the unit. When asked why he was so disheveled, Johnson reportedly told officers, “I’m not going to lie to you. I fell down the steps,” according to police. Based on the evidence and testimony, both Johnson and Bohannan were arrested for second-degree assault and theft.

Teen Faces Assault Charge OCEAN CITY – A local woman was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting a male victim and refusing to allow him to leave. Around midnight last Thursday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 10th Street and Wilmington Lane for a reported domestic incident. Ocean City Communications advised the male caller was being followed and assaulted by Aaliyah Bernier, 19, of Ocean City. OCPD officers arrived and located the male and Bernier in a parking lot. According to police reports, the male was clearly trying to get away from Bernier. When OCPD officers told Bernier to stop, she reportedly refused and pushed past the officers in an attempt to reach the male victim. Bernier was arrested at that point for failure to obey a lawful order. During the interaction, the victim suffered abrasions on his knee and shoulder, according to police reports. Bernier was charged with second-degree assault, dis-

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Hotel Ruckus Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Federalsburg, Md., man was arrested last weekend for allegedly causing a ruckus at a downtown hotel. Around 11:10 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the area of 3rd Street for a report of a couple fighting on the Boardwalk. OCPD officers responded and located a male suspect identified as Rodney King, 30, of Federalsburg, Md. King was reportedly yelling loudly at a female and was advised by officers to lower his voice. After a brief encounter, OCPD officers advised King he was free to leave, according to police reports. However, King was advised not to go back on

a hotel property at 3rd Street, but ignored the officers’ orders and continued to venture onto the hotel property, according to police reports. King was advised if he did not leave the hotel property, he would be arrested for trespassing. King reportedly disregarded the officers’ order and crouched down in the hotel parking lot and began screaming unintelligible nonsense. The volume of King’s screaming caused numerous hotel guests to come out of their rooms to see what the commotion was, according to police reports. At that point, King was placed under arrest. According to police reports, officers detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from King. King was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and a noise violation.

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SNOW HILL – County officials agreed to schedule a public hearing regarding the donation of a small piece of property to the Berlin Fire Company. On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners voted unanimously to set up a public hearing regarding a proposed property donation. The Berlin Fire Company (BFC) has asked the commissioners to transfer ownership of a small section of property along Harrison Avenue across from the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library. “We’re asking the county to declare that surplus and donate it to the fire company to make all our land on the west side of the railroad tracks contiguous,” said David Fitzgerald, BFC president. Fitzgerald wrote to the commissioners in September asking that a small piece of property on Harrison Avenue, about 18 feet by 223 feet, be declared surplus and be donated to the fire company. “At present, it is vacant and requires the county maintenance staff to remember to pick up trash and cut grass on this small parcel across Harrison Avenue from the library,” he wrote. “This donation would allow the fire company some additional parking during events and to have contiguous land to all of our existing property west of the railroad tracks

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and remove the additional maintenance required by county staff.” Fitzgerald said this week the property hadn’t been used by the county since the library was under construction. “It’s not been in use since all the construction equipment was removed when the library was built,” he said. The commissioners asked for input from Public Works Director Dallas Baker and Worcester County Library Director Jennifer Ranck. Baker had no concerns with the request and Ranck said the only thing the library might use the piece of land for was to enable a large vehicle like a bus to turn around. “I don’t think we’d have a problem with that,” Fitzgerald said. The commissioners voted 7-0 to set up the public hearing required before the county can dispose of property. Commissioner Jim Bunting said he didn’t object to the property donation but suggested the BFC work with the Town of Berlin regarding the adjacent right of way. “Harrison Avenue is 40 feet wide and then it narrows down to 30 feet in front of this property,” he said, adding that the right of way of Harrison Avenue jutted into the parcel. He suggested the fire company take two feet of the strip of land and deed it to Berlin so there was no break in the right of way. “We can certainly investigate that,” Fitzgerald said.


OCFD Announces New Campaign For Fire Prevention Week

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” This year’s campaign, running from Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, works to educate the general public about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. “What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at National Fire Protection Association. The Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme. “It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise — a beeping sound or a chirping sound — you must take action,” said Ocean City Fire Chief Richie Bowers. “Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.” On the occasion of prevention week, Ocean City firefighters and fire marshals are sharing safety tips with local school children and also want adults to understand and “learn the sounds of fire safety.” •A continuous set of three loud beeps — beep, beep, beep — means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out. •A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. •All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years. •Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. •Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities. To find out more about Fire Prevention Week or if you live in the Ocean City Fire Department response area and do not have a working smoke alarm, contact OCFD Public Information Officer Ryan Whittington at rwhittington@oceancitymd.gov.

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Baltimore Avenue Corridor Project Details Discussed

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BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – The public got a first look at the alternatives for the redevelopment of the Baltimore Avenue corridor with an open workshop last Thursday. In recent years, a major renovation of the streetscape along the Baltimore Avenue corridor from North Division Street to 15th Street – including undergrounding the utilities and widening the sidewalks – has been on the town’s radar, but the issue is complicated. During a public workshop last Thursday evening, City Engineer Terry McGean laid out the alternatives, where the city was in the process, what the next steps are and what will happen with an unused portion of the existing right-of-way along the corridor that has steadily been encroached upon over the decades. McGean’s presentation was brief and there were also renderings of what the two alternatives could look like. After his formal presentation, those in attendance reviewed the renderings and were able to ask questions of McGean, Public Works Director Hal Adkins and the design consultant in an informal setting and not in an open forum. “I’m going to be the city’s primary contact point during the design phase,” he said. “My goal is to spend very little time up here and as much times as possible out there with you all. My goal is to talk with you and not at you.”

Alternative two for Baltimore Avenue’s reconstruction features an eight-foot sidewalk and a large right-of-way for landscaping and signage. Submitted Photo

McGean explained the conceptual plan for the redevelopment of the Baltimore Avenue corridor from North Division to 15th Street. He explained the rest of the corridor had been redeveloped in recent years. “We’re going to underground utilities and widen sidewalks,” he said. “In the broadest terms, that’s what we’re here for tonight. That will underground all of the remaining utilities on Baltimore Avenue. In years past, we’ve already done from the Inlet to North Division and from 15th Street to 33rd Street.” Complicating the issue further is the

existence of a long forgotten and underutilized right-of-way along the Baltimore Avenue corridor. Baltimore Avenue is unique in a variety of ways. For example, the original deeds show the right-of-way as 75 feet wide, but the current roadway only utilizes about 45 feet from curb to curb. A review of the ancient deeds for Baltimore Avenue reveal a no man’s land of about 32 feet in some areas that could ultimately be deeded back to the property owners along the corridor or used to widen the roadway and its sidewalks.

Over the decades, however, private property is steadily encroached on the original right-of-way platted over a century ago. For example, in some cases, private businesses along the corridor have signs in the old right-of-way, while others have parking areas. In some cases, the longforgotten right-of-way is just covered with grass or landscaping and isn’t necessarily utilized by the private sector. Alternative one calls for widening the sidewalks from the existing five feet to eight feet on both sides of the street. It SEE NEXT PAGE


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would use about eight- to nine-feet of the un-improved right-of-way and leave 2223-feet that could be deeded back to the adjacent property owner. The advantages to Alternative one are it would cost less, there would be less impact on the unimproved right-of-way, and there would be lower maintenance. The disadvantages would be limited or no landscaping, and the new eight-foot sidewalks would be obstructed by signs and lights. Alternative two includes roughly the same travel lanes with eight-foot sidewalks, but would also include a two-foot to five-foot easement in which to place street signs and landscaping including trees. That alternative would use 12-18feet of the unimproved right-of-way, leaving 13-19 feet unencumbered. The advantage to that alternative would be plenty of room for landscaping and unobstructed eight-foot sidewalks on both sides. The disadvantages are it would likely cost more and there would be more impact on the unimproved right-of-way. McGean explained the so-called unimproved right-ofway that exists on the east side of the corridor that has been used informally by property owners for decades. “The remaining 31-feet is what we call unimproved right-of-way,” he said. “It’s existing right-of-way, and it doesn’t look like it’s part of the road, but it’s platted that way. Right now, what’s in the unimproved right-of-way is non-required parking, or parking that is not required by zoning. There’s also landscaping, fences and

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signs. That’s 99% of what’s in the unimproved right-of-way right now.” McGean said once a final design is approved, the remaining portion of the unimproved right-of-way will be deeded back to the adjacent property owner. “Under either alternative, the remaining unimproved right-of-way will be relinquished to the adjacent property owner,” he said. “The use of the property will be restricted by existing zoning and building regulations, with possible easements for utility equipment or existing water and sewer lines.” McGean said the cost of transferring the unused portion of the unimproved right-of-way would be built into the cost of the estimated $20 million project and would not cost the property owners anything. “The cost of transferring the right-ofway, including legal fees and survey work, for example, will be paid by the city,” he said. “The cost to relocate signs, fences and landscaping, or reconfiguring the parking, will also be paid for by the city.” McGean said the portion of the unimproved right-of-way deeded over to the property owners could be used in several ways. “What happens to the remaining unimproved right-of-way?” he said. “I’m sure that’s a question a lot of people have. Now, you could put required parking in there. Now, you could put a new sign in there.” The total redevelopment of the Balti-

more Avenue corridor would take place over the course of two off-seasons, tentatively starting in the fall of 2022. The first phase would include the undergrounding of the utilities. The second phase would include widening the sidewalks, lights, landscaping and paving. During those offseason phases, traffic would be detoured as needed. McGean explained the next steps in the process were reviewing written and verbal comments, presenting the alternatives to the Mayor and Council, refining the final design and sending notifications to property owners along the corridor

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whose property could be affected by the project, or whose portion of the unimproved right-of-way would be used. “We’ll send written notification to every single property owner that’s going to be affected with the expansion into the rightof-way with a drawing showing you exactly what it’s going to look like on your property,” he said. “At that time, you will do one of two things. You’ll either say we’re good to go and we like what you’re doing, or hey, we have an issue with this. We’ll be happy to come out to the site to see what we can do differently if that’s what has to happen.”


Fenwick Committee Supports Studies For Dredging Work

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FENWICK ISLAND – A Fenwick Island committed voted last week to proceed with two studies as part of a bay dredging project, but officials say their efforts also hinge on a memorandum of understanding between the town and a local developer. Last Thursday, the Fenwick Island Dredging Committee voted 4-1, with member George Murphy opposed, to proceed with soil and archeological studies of the Little Assawoman Bay at a cost of roughly $51,000. While the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requiring the town to complete the two studies as part of its long-awaited dredging project, Murphy told committee members last week the town still needed to identify a location to place the dredged material. It should be noted that Fenwick Island officials have been working with the Carl M. Freeman Companies to develop a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would allow the town to

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place dredged material on one of its properties – a parcel of land along the Little Assawoman Bay that has been approved for a 70-lot subdivision. Late last month, however, the town learned the developer was accelerating that project and would not wait for the town to proceed with dredging plans. “The only reason I’m voting nay is because there’s no MOU in place,” Murphy said. “We are throwing good money after bad.” Plans for a dredging project in the Little Assawoman Bay began in earnest in 2018, when the town council hired former DNREC administrator Tony Pratt to guide them through the funding and permitting processes. By the following year, Anchor QEA, a Lewes-based engineering firm, was brought on board to provide design, bidding and construction management services. Simply put, the estimated $1.1 million dredging project is expected to address

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The committee last week ultimately voted to use $51,000 from the town’s dredging fund to conduct the additional studies. Bagnull said the setback would likely push the project into the fall of 2022. “It’s a very dynamic project, a lot of entities involved, a lot of resources involved …,” he said. “I know it can be frustrating at times.” Officials noted they will now need to work with Freeman Companies to identify a new site for the dredged material. With its initial property off the table, Bagnull said the developer has proposed a few hypothetical alternatives near the dredging site. “We need to understand some of the engineering constraints and cost implementations of placing the material there,” he said. Bagnull told committee members last week the town would need to review the comments the company submitted in the draft MOU. Officials noted the goal was to finalize the memorandum in the coming months, as the public-private partnership would be the most financially feasible option for the town. “If you don’t get this MOU, you could be looking at years before this project moves forward,” Pratt said. Councilman and committee member Bill Rymer said if an agreement could not be reached with Freeman Companies, the alternatives would be to place the material on subaqueous lands – which would require additional permits and testing – or to truck it out to another site. “We are where we are,” he told committee members. “There are things we have to accomplish moving forward … It’s a moving target sometimes.” To date, the town has spent $69,000 on testing and consulting services for the dredging project, but Rymer said that number is expected to increase by another $80,000 or $90,000. While the town has secured a $350,000 grant from the state, officials say they are also working with partners at the county level. “We’ll continue to search for alternatives to help the town,” Bagnull said. “The goal is to get it to a level where the town can afford to do the project.”


Resort Councilman Questioned Again On Social Media Comments

October 8, 2021

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – There are still more questions than answers as to whether an Ocean City councilman’s disparaging comments on a local resident’s social media page were his true sentiments, or if he was hacked, but the issue flared up again during Monday’s meeting. The issue arose two weeks ago when Councilman Mark Paddack commented on the Facebook page of the recently-married wife of a local business owner and longtime resident while the couple was honeymooning in Italy. In a picture from the honeymoon, Bobby Hammond, whose family owns and operates Atlantic Physical Therapy, was apparently seen wearing a baseballstyle hat backwards. Paddack, in a Facebook post sent to Hammond’s wife, allegedly posted the following message deemed inappropriate and flirting with racism: “Tell the dude to turn his hat back where the white designed the hat to be worn,” the post reads. “Where I come from, that is a punk. Immature POS.” Hammond shared the contents of Paddack’s comments on his own Facebook page. The social media post quickly went viral and the Mayor and Council learned of it. For the record, Paddack has claimed his social media account was hacked, and there is an investigation into that claim. Paddack reached out to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation into whether his social media account was hacked. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office last month confirmed there is an ongoing investigation. When the Mayor and Council learned of the alleged offensive post, Council President Matt James during the next meeting asked Paddack to consider taking a leave of absence, a request supported by others on the council. Paddack did not step down and has continued to assert his social media account was hacked. He said he retained an attorney and had reached out to the sheriff’s office to conduct an investigation. For the last two weeks, the council, with Paddack in his usual seat at the dais, has gone about usual business and the issue had not resurfaced. On Monday, however, Hammond addressed the issue during the public comment period of the meeting. “There are few things I love more than Worcester County and Ocean City,” he said. “I’m always here to help. I came here today to ask Councilman Paddack did you ever hear a conclusion on your Facebook messages? Anybody?” Hammond dismissed the notion

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Paddack’s account was hacked and that a personal message ended up on his wife’s page. “In my experiences, when someone hacks, it’s usually to get information,” he said. “It’s never a specific comment when someone’s away on their honeymoon. Telling someone to wear their hat the ‘white way’ or telling them that they are a POS or a punk.” Hammond said since the issue has been simmering over the last two weeks, he felt compelled to come to the meeting and address it in person. He referenced an African American friend who attended the meeting with him. “I came here today, I was going to let it slide, but I said that’s not right,” he said. “You know what? I can always turn my hat around and wear it the white way, but Deandre here can’t. He can’t turn it around and wear it the white way.” Hammond said Paddack’s relative silence on the issue was deafening. “People came out of the woodwork to defend you,” he said. “You didn’t say anything. You didn’t say maybe those comments weren’t real, but you didn’t condemn them. You didn’t say sorry SEE PAGE 34

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Ocean Pines Board Decides In 4-3 Vote To Hold New Election

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OCEAN PINES – A special meeting to consider redoing the 2021 board election concluded this week with the resignation of Director Camilla Rogers. In a special meeting held last Thursday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted 4-3, with Directors Tom Janasek, Doug Parks and Rogers opposed, to hold a new election of the three eligible candidates – Frank Daly, David Hardy and Stuart Lakernick. As a result of his disqualification, Rick Farr – whose eligibility status as a candidate in this year’s election remains the subject of ongoing litigation in Worcester County Circuit Court – will not be named in the new ballots being mailed out to association members.

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“This could take many, many months and it could be years for the issue to be resolved,” said President Larry Perrone, who attended Thursday’s meeting by phone call because of possible COVID exposure. “I don’t believe we can sit and do nothing.” In July, Rogers, the association’s secretary, disqualified Farr with just weeks remaining in the 2021 board election after an anonymous tip raised questions about Farr’s homeownership status in the Pines. That same month, the board voted on a motion in closed session to proceed with this year’s election and ballot count, but to invalidate all votes for Farr. According to the association’s bylaws, candidates must be a recorded property owner within Ocean Pines on Jan. 1 of the year in which the election is held. The OPA contends that Farr was not an own-

er of record, but a successor trustee to the property listed on his candidate application. Farr’s attorney asserts he has been the “equitable and beneficial owner” of the property since 2000, based on his status as a beneficiary of the Farr Living Trust. The matter is currently being litigated in Worcester County Circuit Court, and a temporary restraining order to halt the board election has since expired, allowing the association to proceed with its election and ballot count. To that end, a special meeting was held on Thursday to discuss how the association should move forward. “The purpose of this meeting is for the board to determine where we go from here …,” Perrone said, “discussing whether or not to count the ballots or have a new election.”

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Board Considers Multiple Motions Following public comments, the board kicked off Thursday’s meeting by voting unanimously to rescind its standing motion – passed on July 31 – for the purposes of discussing the possibility of a new election. Perrone said he was presenting his motion for a new election to the board after hearing from several community members interested in having a new election. He said not only would a new election ensure that all votes are counted, but would allow the association to seat new directors. Parks, however, also presented his own motion, which called for the association to conduct an official count of the submitted election ballots to include all four of the candidates that were on the ballot, and to designate all votes for Farr as ineligible. “One solution will cost us expenses and time and the other solution will cost us some embarrassment if we have to unseat a director,” he said. “I’d be far more willing to do that than I would to invest, or in this case arguably waste another $20,000 of the association’s money.” Much of the discussion Thursday involved hypothetical scenarios and speculation surrounding the outcome of Farr’s case. Parks argued that the association could spend upwards of $20,000 to hold a new election, only for the court to deem Farr eligible as a board candidate. In that situation, he said, the judge could order for yet another election to be held. “We may get a judgment that says candidate Farr is eligible,” he said. “We have to account for that. I don’t want to flippantly throw in another process and expense because we think we know what the outcome is going to be.” Director Colette Horn, however, said she favored the idea of a new election. “I think it weighs a little more heavily in favor of doing the right thing as I see it,” she said. While she noted that action could set a precedent for future elections, she questioned the validity of the existing election. “The concern I have is the election that’s been run and the votes that have been cast really are based on what one might consider an invalid election,” she said. “There was tainting of the water in the midst of the election, and people’s minds changed about how they would’ve voted had they had the information that they found out later. And there were fewer choices later in the election.” Perrone added that counting the existing ballots would be counterproductive. “I suspect at some point the judge will order that we count the votes,” he said. “However, he has not ordered that we count the votes. He made it clear he was not going to instruct Ocean Pines what to do. In fact, his order just calls for us to preserve the ballots.” Janasek, however, said he was in favor of Parks’ motion. SEE NEXT PAGE


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“I think doing a whole new election, especially in the midst of all this turmoil, doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “I’m of the philosophy of crap or get off the pot. We’ve been on the pot for way too long. It’s time to count the votes we have, deem the election done.” Parks noted that the circuit court judge had also hinted that the association should proceed with the ballot count. “It might be relevant to count them as litigation moves forward …,” he said. “If it goes to further litigation, which might involve a trial, I suspect there will be discovery, and it will come out anyway and be public knowledge.” For her part, Rogers said she wanted the board to do what was right. “I feel this overwhelming need to be able to heal this community …,” she said. “I hope whatever we decide to do, that we can move forward.” After further discussion, the board voted 4-3 in favor of Perrone’s motion to redo the board election. While the association’s attorney recommended he abstain from voting, Daly – a candidate in this year’s election – said he would support the motion. It should be noted without Daly’s vote, the motion would have failed as a result of a tie. “In America, the right to vote is sacred,” he said. “Some people choose that right, some people don’t pay attention to it, some people defend it, some

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have died for it, some people have lost their votes. That’s why we need to run another election, plan and simple.” With the vote to redo this year’s election, Parks suggested amending his motion to invalidate all votes, but to proceed with counting the existing ballots for the sake of knowing the outcome. “At the end of the day, what I’m hearing is the membership of Ocean Pines wants to hear the vote count, plain and simple, for informational purposes only,” he said. “I think we owe it to the membership to do that.” The amended motion ultimately failed with Janasek, Parks and Rogers in favor, and Perrone, Parks and Director Frank Brown opposed. Daly abstained from voting. Elections Committee Chair Steve Habeger said it would take 7-10 working

days to produce and mail new ballots, which will be printed in a different color. He said the ballots should also include a statement from the board explaining the reason for the new election of the three eligible candidates. “There are members that are not aware of all this turmoil,” he explained. Rogers Resigns, Cites Threats At the end of Thursday’s meeting, Rogers shared with attendees that it would be her last, as she had submitted her resignation from the board. “This has been very difficult for my family,” she said. “Actually, it’s been horrendous.” Rogers then went on to share the messages and comments she had received from association members following Farr’s disqualification. She noted she couldn’t go to the pool or the grocery

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store without someone approaching her about the issue, and that threats had been made against her family and her dogs. “This has really been terrible, and I would ask the community to examine how they treat the board moving forward,” she said. “We’re volunteers, we make mistakes. Mr. Farr has suffered from this whole set of circumstances, and for that I’m very sorry. But I don’t feel the board members need to be condemned.” Perrone recognized Rogers for her service on the board. “We know it’s been a tough time …,” he said. “I appreciate everything you’ve done for Ocean Pines.” A board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 11 to discuss potential appointees to replace Rogers.


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FROM PAGE 29 about the racist comments. You didn’t say racism is bad. That’s okay.” Hammond also referenced the steady stream of comments that followed the alleged offensive post. “People came to defend you,” he said. “We saw comments like if you don’t like it, leave, because that’s the way things are. This isn’t the way things are. I grew up here. I went to school with everybody in here. Black, white, gay, straight – we all got along.” Hammond said he felt certain Paddack was not going to take a leave of absence until the issue was resolved as some of his colleagues have suggested. “So, I came here to let you know I know you’re not going to do anything,” he said. “You’re not going to step down or anything. But, I promise you the next time you run, you won’t win. Worcester County doesn’t stand for this.” Career Firefighter-Paramedics Union, or IAFF 4269, President Ryan Whittington was on hand on Monday to speak about other fire department issues, but took the opportunity to respond to Hammond’s comments. “Before I begin, I’d just like to thank Mr. Hammond,” he said. “Sometimes, people tend to shy away from the tough conversations. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in.” Local resident Rob Greenebaum spoke on behalf of Paddack during the public comment period. “Somebody needs to defend him,” he said. “He’s innocent until proven guilty. I’ve talked to a lot of people around town and saw all of the bad press on this. This cancel culture is a little crazy. The majority of the people don’t believe it. Asking him to step down, I think, was a little bit overkill.” When it came time for Mayor and Council comments, Councilman John Gehrig broached the subject again. “There are still questions, Mark, about your comments that came from your account,” he said. “Is there an update on the investigation? I get questions all the time. I don’t know if the rest of us do.” For his part, Paddack issued a stern no comment. “No comment to you about any of this,” he said. “To bring this up, I have no comment. I’m trying to be updated as well. This outward digging of me about finding out information I still don’t have. Why did you even bring this up?” Gehrig said he was just seeking answers to the many questions he has been receiving from the community. “I’m just asking for an update,” he said. “I get questions all the time. We haven’t talked about this in two weeks. Are we ever going to get an answer?”


Sidewalk Project Advances, Public Meeting Next Up

October 8, 2021

Construction On Town’s Bayside Eyed

BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials say they will hold a public meeting to share plans for a sidewalk construction project. Late last month, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to proceed with a sidewalk construction project along Coastal Highway. “The first step, once this is finalized, is to hold a public meeting, where these plans can be reviewed by the community,” Mayor Vicki Carmean said. In 2019, Fenwick Island initiated the first phase of its sidewalk construction project, which included roughly six bayside blocks south of James Street. Instead of pursuing a state-led project – which had a cost estimate of roughly $10 million – town officials decided to handle the project themselves and worked alongside state legislators to secure bond bill funding. While the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has since included the project in its Capital Transportation Plan for 2026, Fenwick Island officials have decided to use $545,000 in state and reserve funding to begin the first phase of construction. “I need permission from council to proceed with the project, since the monies are available,” Carmean said. “We are waiting on some final figures from Century Engineering, but I’m ready to push the go button.” When asked if the expense matched the town’s reserves, Carmean said she believed it did. “We think so …,” she said. “We’re going to ask DelDOT to go ahead and review the construction for us. It will cost us a little bit more, but I think it will be safer for all of us.” Councilman Richard Benn noted the first phase of construction would focus on bayside blocks along Coastal Highway. He said the continuous sidewalk would start at Dagsboro Street, but would stop just short of James Street. “So everything can be reached by sidewalk from Dagsboro northbound,” he said. “We still have some hurdles to pass going southbound, but this certainly addresses the majority of the town.” A motion to proceed with the first phase of the sidewalk construction project passed 7-0. “It’s a motion to proceed with sidewalks,” Carmean said, “with the understanding we’ll have a public meeting before the first shovel is turned over.”

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BERLIN – The Board of Trustees for Atlantic General Hospital/Health System has announced a search committee to assist with the appointment of its next president and CEO. The search committee includes the following individuals: Charlotte Cathell will serve as chair. She was elected the Register of Wills for Worcester County in 1998 and served in the role until December of 2018. A lifelong resident of Worcester County, Cathell is married to retired Judge Dale R. Cathell. She is secretary for the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees as well as a general member of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation. Cathell was a founder and president of Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), is a former long-time member and president of the Worcester County Commission for Women, and is on the board of directors of Taylor Bank. Cathell has resided in Ocean Pines for over 40 years. Aaron Finney was appointed to the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees in 2020 and now serves on the Finance Committee and the Information Technology Steering Committee. A native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Finney returned to the area in 2000 with his family to live in Ocean Pines. He is president and CEO of TRGroup, Inc., a United States SBA certified information technology and security consulting firm that is focused on helping government and commercial institutions operate more efficiently and securely in today’s marketplace. Finney began supporting the hospital as an Atlantic General Hospital Foundation member, before serving on the Foundation Board of Directors for six years. Oswaldo Nicastro, MD joined Atlantic General Health System in 2017 from St. Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Del., where he was medical director of outpatient family medicine and charity services for nine years. He completed a residency at St. Francis Family Practice in Wilmington, Del., and obtained his medical degree from University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board certified in family medicine. Nicastro practices at Atlantic General Primary Care in Ocean Pines. Andi West-McCabe has more than 24 years of experience in healthcare leadership and management. She serves as the director of emergency services at Atlantic General Hospital, a role she has held since 2001. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in healthcare administration from Wilmington University. Stephen Waters, MD is a primary care physician at the Townsend Medical Center, in Ocean City. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., and completed his internship and residency at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

Waters is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and was elected as the first chief of the medical staff at Atlantic General Hospital. He filled the position of interim President and CEO for the organization in 2005. Waters also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as medical director for AGH for 15 years. Janet Mengel is a past president and current board member with the Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary where she serves as membership and recruitment coordinator. She also served as a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for children on the Lower Shore and a member of The Cricket Center Foundation for the past 5 years. Before moving to the Eastern Shore, Mengel worked for the Howard County Office on Aging as an activity director for a Senior Plus program. Jonathan Bauer is the vice president of information systems for Atlantic General Hospital. He joined Atlantic General in 2017 from Somerset Hospital, in Somerset, Pa., where he first led a healthcare organization through all the stages of meaningful use and achieved Most Wired status, the premier award program for healthcare IT. Jonathan holds a bachelor of science in physics from Slippery Rock University and an MBA from Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. Michael Marshall is president and CEO of Marshall Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Salisbury. During his 35-plus year career he worked in virtually every position within a hotel before overseeing the company’s current portfolio of managed properties. Marshall regularly speaks at the industry’s leading conferences, providing candid insights into hotel management and investment. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and completed the Advanced Management Program at Cornell University. “While the Board of Trustees will ultimately appoint our new president and chief executive officer, the search committee will be instrumental shaping criteria for our candidates and in the review and assessment of applicants” said Greg Shockley, chair of Atlantic General Board of Trustees. “With the help of our search committee we are committed to finding candidates who will lead our AGH caregivers in advancing our coordinated care system as an independent community hospital to provide access to quality care, personalized service and education to care for the residents of and visitors to our community.” A formal timeline has not yet been established, but it is expected a search firm will be identified in the coming weeks with the goal of assessing candidates through the fall.

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... BUSINESS NEWS welcomed members Matthew Giardina of Berlin, Stephen Lewis of Ocean City, Nicole Silicato-Miller of Millsboro, Del. and Emily Tunis of Ocean City. Born in Salisbury, Matthew Giardina attended WPS from kindergarten through ninth grade, and from there he attended Christchurch Boarding School in Urbanna, Va. At Christchurch he was involved with several sports including lacrosse, football and sailing. After graduating from Christchurch in 2003, Giardina MATTHEW enrolled at Flagler Col- GIARDINA lege in St. Augustine, Fla. where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree with concentrations in economics and finance. After graduating from college, he worked with family businesses in Ocean City, working his way up to vice president of operations for Bayshore Development and Time Inc. Giardina and his wife, Jessica, have two children who attend WPS, Abraxas ‘29 and Kingsley ‘32. In addition to his involvement with WPS, he has also been active with the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation Board and the Joan Jenkins Board. In his free time, he is an avid outdoorsman. Born and raised in the area, Lewis is a 1986 graduate of Worcester Preparatory School. His STEPHEN father, Lloyd, was a founLEWIS ding member of the school and long-serv-

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch ing trustee before his death this year. After graduating from Towson University, Lewis returned to the area and assumed the role of vice president for the family businesses, M.R. Ducks and Talbot Street Pier. Along with his brother John, and their wives, they oversee all aspects of the business. Lewis and his wife, Kristin, have one son, Turner. Silicato-Miller was born in Milford, Del. and attended college at the University of Delaware where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing, followed by a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law. Currently, Silicato-Miller is the vice president of Silicato DeNICOLE velopment, Commercial SILICATOMILLER Real Estate and Development. She is also the vice chair of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Board, and co-founder of a non-profit entity, the Great Futures Fund, that benefits local Boys & Girls Clubs and children of need in Sussex County. Silicato-Miller, and her husband Alexander, have two children attending WPS, Frank ‘25 and Mac ‘28. Emily Tunis grew up in Mt. Airy where she attended South Carroll High School. She graduated valedictorian of her high school class, as well as played volleyball and softball. In 2005, Tunis graduated from Washington and Lee University (W&L) with EMILY TUNIS a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics. At W&L, she was the President of Kappa Alpha Theta

Sorority and played volleyball. Tunis was recognized with the W&L Distinguished Young Alumna Award in 2015 and was inducted into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. After graduation, Emily moved to the Washington, D.C., area where she worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense. In 2010, she received a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Tunis moved to Ocean City in 2012 and is currently the president and chief operating officer of Hardwire, LLC in Pocomoke City, which was founded by her husband, George. She has two stepchildren, who graduated from Worcester Prep, Grace ‘16 and Owen ‘19. Her daughter, Ellie ‘35, is a current pre-kindergarten student and her youngest, Brooklyn, will join her sister in just a few short years. In addition to her commitment to WPS, Tunis serves as the Vice Chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation Board, the Chair of the W&L University Science Advisory Board, and a board member of the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Scholarship Announced OCEAN CITY – The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce is seeking workforce scholarship applications in Worcester County. Scholarships will be awarded to those who either reside or are employed in Worcester County and want to pursue career advancement. To apply visit www.occhamberfoundation.org. “Our future is only as bright as our people, and Worcester County businesses are in need of increased staff and workforce development initiatives. Our yearly scholarships go to those residents who

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National Retail Leases SALISBURY – Two more leases were recently completed at the Salisbury Promenade located at 2618 N. Salisbury Blvd. The center is located on the north end of town near Lowe’s, Walmart, Sam’s, and other national retailers. Tonney Insley and Brent Miller, of SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate recently completed a lease deal with BluFox Wireless which is an authorized Xfinity Wireless dealer. The lease was negotiated with Joe Botzler of JLL and brought yet another national franchise to the Salisbury area on the North side of town. Kelly Jeter of SVN Miller, represented The Nail Story, a new high-end nail salon to Salisbury. Nail Story will offer manicure and pedicure services in an inviting, relaxing environment for clients to enjoy. The Salisbury Promenade was purchased by a local partnership in December of 2019 and has seen much change since then, including other new tenants like Mission BBQ and Eyemart Express. These latest lease deals leave only one 2,500 square foot vacancy and there are national prospects exploring the last unit. "We have been very pleased with the exposure and reach that the Salisbury Promenade has received, and these last few deals are evidence of what SVN is capable of accomplishing", said a representative of the owner, Salisbury Promenade, LLC.


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Running For Autism: More than $10,000 was raised for Pathfinders For

Autism at the 1st Annual Run Wild For Autism Assateague event last Sunday. The course at Assateague State Park was a casual three-mile run/walk or onemile fun run/walk intended to engage family in a fun morning of exercise and outdoor activity. All proceeds from the event, which attracted about 200 people, benefit Pathfinders for Autism, a statewide organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. The organization, founded in 2000 by autism families including former Baltimore Orioles player B.J. Surhoff and his wife Polly, work to support families though programming, resources, training and information. Above left, runners are pictured returning on the course as walkers start their day. Above right, members of the Salisbury Dance Academy lead the participants in a stretch. At left, members of the OC Cruzers were on hand to display their vehicles. Photos by Steve Green

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October 8, 2021

People in Society Representing the Official Radio Station of OC BikeFest, Ocean 98.1, DJ’s Magellan, Coach and Big Al Reno sold merchandise at the Inlet during the concerts.

by Jeanette Deskiewicz Featuring Those Helping Causes In The Resort Area

Selling items at Pooch Palooza to raise money for their adoption program were Luka, Jeff and Diane Kanuik of the Harnessed to Hope Northern Breed Rescue.

“Saving Veterans One Paw at a Time” with their service dogs were Prince Harry, Frank Sokola, and Chris Hardy of U.S. Kennels at Pooch Palooza.

Ocean Downs Casino Team Member Volunteers Pam Bobst and Dave Walker let OC BikeFest attendees spin the wheel for free play dollars.

Coastal Hospice Director of Advancement Tammy Patrick and President Monica Escalante welcomed supporters into this year’s Blues on the Bay event.

Glad to see Blues on the Bay back for 2021 were Macky and Pam Stansell, who have graciously hosted the event at Macky’s Bayside, since 2011.

OC BikeFest sponsor Twisted Tea had a custom Harley Davidson made for the event, with Billy Grotto and Tae Li Stotts showing off the bike.

Attending last month’s Blues on the Bay fundraiser for Coastal Hospice, were Erica Joseph and BJ Summers of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Blues on the Bay wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors, including John and Michelle Fager of Fager’s Island (Blues Society Level), to benefit Coastal Hospice.

Pooch Palooza promoter Sandy Phillips and Farin Lewis welcomed attendees into Frontier Town for this year’s Dog Festival.


Semper Fi Bike Ride Returning To Ocean City Next Weekend

October 8, 2021

OCEAN CITY – The second annual Semper Fi Bike Ride is scheduled for Ocean City on Sunday, Oct. 17. Staging for the ride will start at 8 a.m. in the south end of the Ocean City Inlet parking lot, and riders can register as late as 11 a.m. The First State Detachment of the Marine Corps League is inviting the whole community to come out in support of this non-profit fund-raising event. Bring a bike or rent a bike from Bike World of any type. Bring a family member and friends for this great team building event. Riders are invited to decorate their bikes in a fun way with Halloween near. There will be prizes for the oldest and youngest bike rider and best decorated bike. This is not a race, it’s a fun family friendly ride. The ride will start at the south end of the Boardwalk to the north end of the Boardwalk and back. This fundraiser is a patriotic ride to benefit the Semper Fi & America’s Fund that benefits combat wounded and critically ill veterans and their families. Riders of all levels are invited to join. This year’s ride has been expanded to embrace the serious cyclists in the area. Avid riders will be able to do a 40-mile ride and/or a 63-mile ride from the Ocean City Inlet to the Indian River Inlet and beyond to Gordons Pond and back. Along the route, there will be a hydration station

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with support staff for the riders. Riders meeting the challenge will enjoy the pristine and amazing views along the bike ride. This is also a ride, not a race, do it at your own pace. If you are an avid or casual cyclist, to register and for more route information for this new component go to BikeReg.com and click on Semper Fi Bike ride. “This event is in its second year and we’re excited for everyone to participate and enjoy riding Ocean City’s iconic Boardwalk and back,” said Bob Broderick, one of the event organizers. “This event promotes physical fitness, along with Ocean City being a bike friendly community. Before and after the ride we’ll have DJ’s, live music, games and good times for all.” Electric bike riders are welcome to participate, and there will be a specific route for them. To register and for more information on the Boardwalk Ride go to www.firststatemarines.com. Riders that sign up for this event online or on site will receive two tickets for our $3,000 electric bike giveaway. “We want you to come out and ride with us and give back to our combat wounded and critically ill veterans and their families of all branches. Your registration/donation for this event is tax deductible,” Broderick said.

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COMMUNITY News In Photos

The Marlin Club Crew of OC, Inc. recently donated a total of $15,000 in scholarships to local graduates who exemplified excellence in both scholastic and community activities. The raising of funds for scholarships is the primary goal of club organization, and the team struggled through the pandemic to still be able to meet those goals and financially assist the students. Checks are made payable to the institution of higher education for the expressed use of tuition. Submitted Photos

The Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club recently honored Veronica Kahn and son Paul Kahn as Paul Harris Fellows as a tribute to long-time member Stan Kahn who passed away in 2020. Pictured, from left, are Rotarians Dan Harris, Carl Smith, Arlan Kinney, Dr. Larry Michnick; Veronica Kahn, Paul Kahn, Rotarians Cliff Berg, Margaret Mudron and Felicia Kahn. The Rotary Club meets every other week at the Residence Inn Marriott Hotel in Ocean City.

Oct. 1 begins the new year for all of Kiwanis International, meaning new leadership takes the helm. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City installed its new officers on Sept. 29 with a luncheon. Incoming President Tim Lund accepted the gavel from outgoing President Steve Cohen. Officers installed were, from left, Board member Dick Clagett, President-Elect Bob Wolfing, Board member Tom Southwell, Lund, Cohen, Board member Jackie Dubin, Secretary-Treasurer Carolyn Dryzga, Board member Dave Landis and Board member Roy Foreman. Not pictured were Recording Secretary Pat Winkelmayer, Board member Sue Wineke and Assistant Treasurer Patricia Baglieri.

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the entire Ocean Pines Community Center will be turned into a Winter Wonderland by the Pine’eer Craft Club. This annual Artisan and Craft Fair is always highly anticipated as all items displayed by vendors are individually custom-made. The variety and quality of handcrafted treasures is always what draws a crowd to the Pine’eer Craft Club’s Annual Winter Wonderland. Pictured are Winter Wonderland Artisan and Craft Fair Co-Chairs Barbara Herzog and Nancy Burkett.

Kathy Gibson of Ocean Pines adds her personal message to the "I Am" wall at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street bayside. The wall is a part of the "I Am: Embracing Identity through Art" exhibit during October. Members of the public are invited to come to the arts center and add their own message to the wall to create an ongoing community art installation project. Admission is free.

A team effort is involved in holding initiation ceremonies for the Ocean City Elks Lodge. Among the team members are Cindy Ensey and Linda Douglas, who make sure all qualify and are worthy of becoming an Elk. Above, Bonnie Batchellor and Peggy Grothe represented the Ladies Auxiliary at the luncheon.


Berlin Expanding Holiday Events With Merry Marketplace

October 8, 2021

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BERLIN – The town will expand its holiday offerings this year with a new winter market. Merry Marketplace, planned for the last weekend in November and the first three weekends in December, will feature local artisans and food cultivators. The new event will tie in with the town’s always popular free carriage rides and opportunities to meet Santa. “We’re going to try it and see how it goes,” said Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director. “With Berlin being an Arts & Entertainment District, we’re always looking for ways to include our local artists.” Wells said the market was suggested by Berlin Chamber of Commerce member Cate Nellans, who thought a holiday market like those in Germany could prove popular in Berlin. The market will feature local artisans as well as many of the food cultivators from the Berlin Farmers Market. They’ll be set up in the Berlin Welcome Center’s parking lot as well as at the Berlin Commons. Artisan and volunteer Garrett Neeb is in the process of building Kringle Kottage, where kids will have a chance to visit with Santa at the Merry Marketplace. Free grab-and-go holiday crafts will also be available for children. Wells said local nonprofits were also invited to participate by selling hot chocolate as a fundraiser for their organization. “We’re still looking for some nonprofits,” Wells said. She said that by having vendors set up in multiple locations the market’s footprint could be larger. “It also helps encourage people to come down to this end of town,” she said of South Main Street. The market is sponsored in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Worcester County Arts Council, Wells said. She’s hopeful the new event will complement Berlin’s existing holiday activities, which kick off the day after Thanksgiving with the annual tree lighting ceremony and Ice Ice Berlin. In addition to added attractions that night— including more than 30 ice sculptures, dance performances and a special appearance by Annapolis Honored Town Crier Squire Frederick Taylor—she’s also working on bringing a laser show to town for New Year’s Eve. “After all our hashtag is #BetterInBerlin,” she said. For information on upcoming events in Berlin, visit berlinmainstreet.com or check the town’s Facebook page.

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Sixth grade students at Berlin Intermediate traveled to Assateague to examine climate change and species survival. The students had the opportunity to examine jaws from a real shark and even fossilized shark teeth. Using artifacts, photos and models, students learned to identify sharks by their external parts and similar features. Pictured are Libby Mitchell, Leah Ray, MacKenzie Neal and Kaylee Schwartz. Submitted Photos


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Each week staff photographer Chris Parypa is tasked with submitting a photo from his vast library to be featured in this space. Above a visitor to Sunfest last Sunday enjoys a free concert on a warm fall day. To purchase any of Parypa’s photos, click over to www.chrisparypa.com.


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HOROSCOPES ARIES (March 21 to April 19): Someone from your past could arrive with welcome news concerning your future. Meanwhile, avoid taking sides in a workplace confrontation until you have more facts to go on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): A decision about a relationship could have longer-lasting consequences than you might imagine, so be sure of your facts before you act. A trusted friend can help. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): A strained relationship could be restored with more personal contact between the two of you. Letting others act as your go-between only adds to the ongoing estrangement. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Fresh facts could mean taking a new path toward a goal you've been hoping to reach. However, be sure all your questions are answered before you undertake to shift directions. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): This is a good week for all you fine Felines to turn your attention to some important considerations, such as your health, your job situation and the status of important relationships. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Avoid making a quick decision about a matter that needs more study. Keep your mind open for possibilities, even if they don't seem plausible -- at least not yet. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): You

might welcome the emphasis on openness in relationships that mark this period. But it's a good idea to avoid sharing personal secrets with people you hardly know. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): There are still some questions that need to be asked and answered before you can feel confident enough to make a potentially life-changing decision. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): Some lingering effects from a now largely resolved workplace confrontation could make things difficult for you. Act on this before it becomes serious. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): You feel you're finally in control of your own life after months of making compromises and concessions you never felt comfortable with. Congratulations. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): No sooner do you decide to pass on one job offer than another suddenly turns up. This one might not have everything you're looking for, but it's worth checking out. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Congratulations. With Jupiter's strong influence dominating this week, don't be surprised to get some good news about a troubling financial matter. BORN THIS WEEK: You are usually kind and loving. But you can be highly critical of those who don't measure up to your high standards. © 2021 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Things I Like... By Steve Green

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October 8, 2021

WITH BUNK MANN

The Facebook whistleblower’s story Easy Ravens wins

Remembering Joy Snyder’s quick wit Stopping on Assateague for horses crossing the road The ride to a little getaway

The ride home from a little getaway A wrap over a bun

Movies that keep my kids attention Driving in silence

When a hearty salad fills me up

A surprisingly clean public restroom

This week's Vanishing Ocean City column is sponsored by Ørsted, the world leader in clean energy. Learn more at orsted.com/md-de Ocean City looked much different in this aerial photo taken in 1946 between 14th and 15th streets. The large building in the center was the original Commander Hotel before its second wing was added and the vacant space to its left is today the site of the Beach Plaza Hotel and its adjoining parking lot. The building to the left of and behind the Commander was the old “Catholic Home” — originally the St. Rose’s Summer Home for Orphans built in 1898. The Boardwalk ended at 15th Street where Harrison Hall would be built in 1951. The long black structures leading into the ocean were wooden jetties intended to stabilize the beach from erosion. The most noticeable change is the look of the bayside, which was almost completely empty of development in 1946. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to www.vanishingoc.com. Photo courtesy the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum from the George and Sue Hurley collection


West oc smokehouse transitioning to off-season Feel

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BY BETHANY HOOPER

STAFF WRITER

WEST OCEAN CITY – The operators of a local eatery say new menu items and seasonal specials are coming to its West Ocean City location. Starting in October, Coastal Smokehouse – a Matt Ortt Companies restaurant – will unveil its new fall and winter menu, as well as a lineup of off-season specials and events. “We definitely want to bring this back to the neighborhood bar and restaurant,” said Stuart Diepold, co-owner and executive chef. “It’s a place you can take the whole family.” Last year, construction began on a months-long project to convert the former Hooters restaurant on Route 50 into a contemporary smokehouse, complete with an open-air patio, a new bar and a renovated dining area. And in February of 2021, Coastal Smokehouse opened its doors to the public. “I think things have been great,” said Director of Operations Lewis Sherman. “I think we’ve definitely met or exceeded our expectations through the honeymoon period and through the summer months. Now we’re re-excited to see the next round of people come through that might not go out during the summer.” Diepold said the restaurant’s goal entering the fall and winter months is to attract locals. In addition to new menu items – including braised pork cheek, crispy fried oysters and sticky bits (fried brussels sprouts, pork belly and pecans in a bourbon glaze) – Coastal Smokehouse is also planning new food and drink specials and a daily lunch menu. “There will be six sandwiches on that menu, in addition to the regular menu, served 12-4,” he said. Operators say new menu items and specials will be introduced on or around Oct. 11. Additionally, Coastal Smokehouse offers NFL Sunday Ticket and will begin offering trivia events on Oct. 12. “We really want to drive the fact that this is your neighborhood hangout,” Diepold said. “Come here and bring your families. We have deals for everyone.” In addition to traditional menu items, operators say Coastal Smokehouse offers a full kids menu, an extensive selec-

October brings a number of new off-season specials including new signature drinks as well as hearty menu selections. Photos by Bethany Hooper

tion of drinks and signature cocktails, and some “off-the-wall” creations like cactus jack cornbread with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and salted hibiscus butter. “We have that unique mix,” Sherman said, “a great choice of barbeque items, a great selection of steaks, and some unique dinner plates.” Sherman noted that Coastal Smoke-

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house also offers catering, both in-house and to-go, for holiday parties. He said those interested can contact him at 410390-5998. “We’re ready to cater to the locals,” Diepold added. Coastal Smokehouse will open daily at noon during the fall and winter months. For more information, visit coastalsmoke-

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Who’s Where When HARBORSIDE 410-213-1846 South Harbor Rd., West O.C. Friday, Oct. 8: DJ Billy T Saturday, Oct. 9: Dunehounds, DJ Jeremy Sunday, Oct. 10: Opposite Directions, DJ Billy T

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OCEAN CLUB 410-524-3535 10100 Coastal Hwy. In The Clarion Hotel Friday & Saturday, Oct. 8 & 9: On The Edge LENNY’S BEACH BAR & GRILL Friday & Saturday, Oct. 8 & 9: On The Edge OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 410-641-7501 1 Mumford’s Landing Rd., Ocean Pines Saturday, Oct. 9: Kaleidoscope

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Worcester Prep freshman golfer Michael DePalma last month won the title in his age bracket at the Drive, Chip and Putt regional competition. Pictured above, DePalma fires a shot during the competition. Subitted Photo BY SHAWN J. SOPER

Decatur quarterback Ashten Snelsire delivers a pass during the Seahawks’ 4221 win over Parkside last weekend. Snelsire threw for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in the game. Photo courtesy Vince Risser BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team rolled past Bayside South rival Parkside, 42-21, last Saturday to end a two-game skid and improve to 3-2 on the season. The Seahawks got their season off to a fast start with two wins in their first two games before falling to Kent Island and Wicomico. Last Saturday, Decatur quickly put those two defeats behind them with a 42-21 win over conference rival Parkside in a rare Saturday afternoon game on the road. Quarterback Ashten Snelsire led the

explosive Seahawk offense, going 22-31 in passing for 301 yards and five touchdowns. Zimere Handy caught eight passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Mergott caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown, while Marqui Henry and Kresen Muir each caught touchdown passes. On the ground, Decatur was led by Caden Shockley, who carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards. R.J. Brittingham carried five times for 31 yards, while Snelsire rushed six times for 39 yards. With the win, Decatur improved to 3-2 on the season. Next up is a road game against Bayside North powerhouse North Caroline on Friday.

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BERLIN – Worcester Prep freshman Michael DePalma last month placed first in the boys’ 14-15 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Oak Hill regionals and has qualified for the nationals in Augusta in April. DePalma started golfing with his father and grandfather at the age of nine and quickly realized his passion for the sport. A year later, he started to play competitively, and by the time he reached the sixth grade, he had won a number of golf tournaments. DePalma started playing golf for Worcester Prep’s middle school team when he was in the seventh grade and is playing on the varsity team this year as a freshman. He also plays in the Under Armor Junior Tour’s Eastern Shore

League, where he was won several tournaments in recent years. He will also compete in the Hurricane Junior Tour with tournaments in New Jersey and North Carolina this fall. In 2019, DePalma was watching the Drive, Chip and Putt competition with his family, who encouraged him to sign up and compete. “This was my first and only time trying for this tournament,” he said. “I had zero expectations with how I would do in the tournament. I just wanted to see how well I could do.” At the Drive, Chip and Putt regional event, each golfer is given three attempts and DePalma scored the highest in his division with a 68 in drive, a 40 in chip and a 45 in putt, resulting in a total score of 153, which was good enough for first place in his division.

Mallards Score Early In Rout Of Jaguars

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team scored early and often on its way to a 7-0 rout of Salisbury Christian last week. The Mallards led 6-0 at the half and tacked on another second-half goal to complete the 7-0 rout at home last Wednesday. In the six-goal first-half outburst, the Mallards got single goals from

Logan Ginnavan, Brice Richins, Michael Wehberg, Dylan McGovern, Pearson Schul and Dillon Scopp. Schul scored the Mallards’ lone goal in the second half. Worcester outshot Salisbury Christian, 16-4, in the game. Jack Gardner recorded four saves in the net for the Mallards. The Mallards had two games scheduled for this week postponed. Next up is a homecoming game against Delmar at noon on Saturday, followed by a road trip to Delmarva Christian next Monday.

Worcester Girls Rebound From First Loss

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

The tuna bite remained red hot last weekend with big yellowfins and big-eyes stacked up on the docks like cordwood. The crew on the Take ‘Em with Captain Skip Daisy and mate Dakota Bittner caught three big-eyes each estimated at around 200 pounds in a single day. Pictured above, one of the big-eyes is gaffed and brought aboard. Photo by J.P. Cathell Photography

BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 3-1 win over Salisbury School last Friday. The Mallards opened the season with three straight wins, all by shutout,

before taking their first loss of the season last Wednesday, 3-2, to Salisbury Christian. Last Friday, the Worcester girls rebounded with a 3-1 win over Salisbury School. The Mallards led, 3-1, at the half and the rest of the game went scoreless for both teams. The Mallards face Saints Peter and Paul at home on Friday.


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with Scott Lenox Greetings all and happy October. We had some pretty terrible weather in September as far as fishing was concerned because the wind just blew way too much. We didn’t have a lot of rain and temperatures were nice for most of September, but thanks to the wind we had a lot of days that weren’t fishable in the ocean and water clarity in the back bays was poor. Thankfully the start of October has seen a favorable weather pattern. Wind hasn’t been too bad, water clarity in the back bays has improved dramatically and fish are snapping both inshore and offshore to the delight of fall anglers like myself. The big news offshore last week was the incredible tuna bite that was happening inside the canyons between the Poorman’s and Washington. Anglers chunking butterfish on the lumps inside the canyons were catching yellowfin tuna between 40 and 80 pounds with a couple of bigeye tuna mixed in to as big as 200 pounds. The best action was just before sunrise or sunset and limits of three yellowfin per person were not uncommon. “Chunking” is a technique where whole butterfish, sardines or spot are cut into “chunks” and then thrown overboard to

attract hungry schools of yellowfin tuna. Once the school gets behind the boat, it can be hot and heavy action and limits can happen quickly if you’re lucky. The Fish On with Captain Andrew Dotterweich saw some of the best of it last week when their crew had a limit of yellowfin and was headed home by 10 a.m. If water temps stay in the 70s and the bait sticks around, we could have good tuna fishing for a few more weeks. As water temperatures cool off inshore, the oceangoing bottom fishing fleet is having better and better fishing for sea bass and flounder on the wrecks and reefs off of Ocean City. Sea bass up to 5.5 pounds and flounder up to 7 or so pounds can be found on structure in 40 to 100 feet of water and limits of these fish are not uncommon either. Sea bass are being caught on squid, clam, crab, Gulp and strip baits on plain hooks while the flounder like hooks a little more flashy baited with Gulp, Otter Tails or long fresh cut strip baits. Sea bass have to be 12.5” and anglers are allowed 15 per person while flounder have to be 16.5” and anglers are allowed 4 per person. This fishing should be good through November SEE PAGE 54

Captain Bobby Layton of the Wrecker stacked the dock at the marina for this crew after an exceptional day. Submitted Photos


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Above top left, the crew of the Wound Tight with Captain Shawn Gibson had an epic day of tuna fishing last week. Above top center, Big Bird Cropper and Shawn Flaherty had two nice keeper rockfish after “dredging” at the Route 50 Bridge. Above top right, this father and son had six keeper flounder with Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service. Above left, Shannon Pickens had flounder up to 24” and two big sea bass that weighed 4.8 and 5.5 pounds. Above right, this beautiful grey trout was caught on board the Lucky Break with Captain Jason Mumford. Opposite page, top left, Captain Joe Drosey of Rhonda’s Osprey put this group on 11 yellowfin tuna. Opposite page, top right, Ryan Neves caught this big sheepshead while fishing with his dad Carlos. Opposite page, middle left, Captain Chris Little of the Talkin’ Trash put these guys on a meat pile of fat yellowfin tuna. Opposite page, middle right, this crew fished on the Pumpin’ Hard with Captain Mike Burt caught mahi, yellowfin tuna and a nice swordfish. Opposite page, bottom left, this impressive limit of four flounder was caught on board the Angler with Captain Chris Mizurak. Opposite page, bottom right, the crew of Fish On with Captain Andrew Dotterweich had an insane day with a limit of yellowfin tuna by 10 a.m.

... Fish In OC FROM PAGE 53 and we could see some very big fish in both species as we move through the fall. Back bay fishermen like my wife Kristen and I were delighted to see water conditions clean up last week as the wind calmed down. A few storms passing by in the ocean and some persistent wind had the back bays dirty with no clean water in the ocean to change it out on the tide. Thankfully those conditions settled and a few tide changes into last week we had nice clean water in our back bays and flounder and other species responded nicely. The best spot for keeper sized flounder in the fall is the deeper water in

the Ocean City Inlet and the East Channel by the Route 50 Bridge. Flounder can be caught in other spots, but the best action is taking place in these areas with larger baits catching the keeper sized fish. Water temps are moving between 68 and 75 degrees depending on the tide and flounder are moving toward the inlet area to stage up before their long journey offshore over the next few months. Take advantage of lots of fish congregating around the Route 50 Bridge and Inlet and use live spot, mullet or better yet bunker on our Deadly Double or Live Bait Rig for a good chance at landing a keeper flounder this fall. I’m very happy to report decent numbers of grey trout, or weakfish, being caught around the south jetty the past few weeks. Anglers casting and retrieving shad bodied lures like the Roy Rig or

Thing A Ma JIG or still fishing peeler crab and sand flea baits have been catching trout from 12” to 24”. Fish these baits in a slow-moving tide with clean water as close to the jetty as possible for a chance at a legal fish. Grey trout must be at least 13” to keep and anglers are only allowed one fish per person. Speaking of one fish per person, some keeper rockfish have been caught at the Route 50 Bridge and more and more school sized fish are being caught all the time as water temps cool off. Smaller rockfish in the 12” to 24” size range can be found the entire length of the bridge in most depths of water, but keeper sized fish will congregate in the deeper water from 15’ to 30’. Roy Rigs and Thing A Ma JIGS are great rigs for catching all sizes of fish while “dredging” stretch type lures in a moving current or live-lining larger spot or bunker will give

you your best chance at a keeper. This weekend is our 5th Annual Ocean City Inshore Classic Tournament with registration on Friday, Oct. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Sunset Marina activity room. This is a fish any or all of 32-hour inshore tournament with categories for rockfish, flounder, tautog and open. Lines go in at 7 a.m. on Saturday and don’t have to come out until lines out at 3 p.m. Sunday. We awarded over $14,000 in prize money last year and with a new $500 Calcutta this year could be even better. Hope to see you there. Until next week, tight lines. (The writer is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and been fishing the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.)


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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call Rose 443-880-8444. Every Friday: Bingo Knights of Columbus will host with doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Columbus Hall at 9901 Coastal Highway, behind St. Luke's Church. Light refreshments available. Call 410-524-7994 with any questions.

Every Sunday: Berlin Farmers Market Main Street will be closed every Sunday through September from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Berlin. A producers only market featuring produce, flowers, baked goods, art and homemade products. Free parking.

Every Tuesday: Dancing The Delmarva Hand Dance Club holds dancing at the Selbyville Elks Lodge 2173 from 5:30-9 p.m. delmarvahanddancing.com.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Elks Lodge 2645, corner of Sinepuxent Avenue and 138th Street in Ocean City. has bingo all year. Doors open 4:30 p.m. with first game sharply at 6:30 p.m. Kitchen open for light fare. 410-2502645. Oct 8: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will host a crab cake carryout only dinner, 46:30 p.m. Cost is $14 for one sandwich with green beans, baked potato and coleslaw; $24 for two crab cake sandwiches with the sides; and $10s for just a crab cake sandwich. Baked goods available.

Oct. 9: Festa Piccola The Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge in Ocean City is well-known for its annual St. Joseph’s Festival in the spring, where traditional home-made Italian foods were sold for 10 consecutive years, until the pandemic hit. The festival, held to raise money for lodge charities and high school scholarships, had to be canceled. Not willing to concede to the pandemic, the Lodge has planned Festa Piccola, offering many traditional foods and bakery items that lodge members have cooked and sold at the St. Joseph’s Festival, but for carry out only. Festa Piccola will open its doors at the St. Andrews Parish Hall at 14401 Sinepuxent Avenue, at 11 a.m. and serve hot foods until 6 p.m. The carry-out menu will have ravioli and meat balls, Italian subs, hearty minestrone soup. New items will be home-made meatballs to be puchased separately and homemade tomato sauce. Admission is free. The only cost is the food purchased.

Oct. 9: Job, Resource Fair Job and Resource Fair at the Worcester County Library. Setup begins at 9 a.m. Please contact Elena Coelho at 443783-6164 or ecoelho@worcesterlibrary.org for more information. Oct. 15-16: Church Fundraiser Rain or shine, Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,

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Things To Do Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Awesome yard and bake sales and basket auction at St. Andrew's Church, 33384 Mackenzie Way, Lewes, Del. Ethnic food for sale. Proceeds benefit ministries of St. Andrew's.

Oct. 9: Fall Festival Showell Elementary will host its annual PTA sponsored Fall Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The family friendly event is open to the public. Children’s wristbands will be sold at the door for $20 and include unlimited access to all activities, hayrides, games, touch a truck, petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course, pirate ship bounce house, dunk tank, Scholastic book fair and much more. There will be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle, as well. There will be many carnival games, a moon bounce, balloon animals, candy, and prizes. Open to the public. Come casual or dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy the festivities.

Oct. 9: Fish Fry/Chicken Calvary United Methodist Church at 8607 Ironshire Station Road in Berlin will hold a fish fry/fried chicken dinner to go beginning at 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Dinner includes two sides and a roll for $8. Oct. 9: Anglers Meeting The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Ocean Pines Library. The speaker will be Ron Fisher, dock master of the Ocean Pines marinas and local columnist. He will be presenting flounder and tautog fishing. All welcome.

Oct. 16: Moondance At Rackliffe Join the Rackliffe House for an evening of live music, dancing, sips and bites, 710 p.m. Live music by Everett Spells, libations from local breweries and distilleries and savories and sweets from local caterers. $75 per person, must be 21 years old. Casual elegant attire includes three drinks with options to buy additional tickets. Limited available, reserve early at rackliffehouse.org or call 410-6414179. Oct. 16: Pink Party Benefit The 6th Annual Hope Palmer Pink Party at Sunset Grille from 2-6 p.m. featuring $1.98 beer, crushes, drinks and wine. Cost is $25 cover charge, which will be donated directly to the Atlantic General Hospital’s Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center. Checks will be presented in the name of Rena Bishop.

Oct. 16: Car/Bike Show From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (rain date, Oct. 23), the 15th Annual Cruizers for Christ Car/Bike Show will be held at the Whaleyville United Methodist Church, located at 11716 Sheppards Crossing Road, Whaleyville. Trophies will be given to the Top 20 and "Best in Show". There will be vendors, a silent auction, gospel music, and food for purchase, including scrapple sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, and baked goods. 410-641-0059.

Oct. 16: Harbor Day At The Docks Event from 10 a.0m.-5 p.m. at the Commercial Fishing Harbor in West OC. A free maritime heritage festival featuring seafood cooking demonstrations, crab picking contests, fish cleaning demonstrations, local fisherman displays, nautical artisans, educational exhibits, entertainment, food and fun kids’ activities. HarborDayOC.com.

Oct. 16: Church Rummage Sale Ocean City Presbyterian Church, 1301 Philadelphia Avenue (parking lot behind church), from 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Oct. 16: Soup Showdown The Costen House Museum in Pocomoke City is holding a "Soup Showdown" Fundraiser at Glad Tidings Church, 1519 Market St., Pocomoke. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Attendees can vote for favorite soup. Cost is $15 per person. Tickets costenhousemuseum.com or at the door. To contribute soup or sponsor, Rita Ullman, 443-783-5285. Oct. 17: Puppy Penguin Swim The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will host the Puppy Penguin Swim and Yappy Hour from 1-3 p.m. Local dogs and pups will have the opportunity to play in the water at Ocean City’s Residence Inn by Marriott while the adults partake in Yappy Hour drinks and food. Entry is $20 per pup (one pup per person). Pups each get a free gift, with a complimentary drink for their adults. Learn more and register at www.agh.care/puppyswim or call 410-641-9671.

Oct: 17: Church Open House From 2 - 4, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Berlin is celebrating Fr. Michael Moyer's 22 years of ministry with an open house, saying farewell as he prepares to move to St. Alban's Anglican Episcopal Church in Tokyo, Japan. The open house also celebrates the church renovations and the restoration of the stained glass windows which are registered with the Library of Congress. There will be a string quartet and light refreshments.

Oct. 17: Semper Fi Bike Ride The second annual Semper Fi Bike Ride will begin in the Inlet parking Lot, and riders can register as late as 11 a.m. Avid riders will be able to do a 40mile ride and/or a 63-mile ride from the Ocean City Inlet to the Indian River Inlet and beyond to Gordons Pond and back. For more information email websergeant@firststatemarines.org or call Bob at 410-353-0033. Oct. 20: Fall Meeting The Ocean Pines Boat Club Annual Fall General Meeting in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center. Doors open 6:30 p.m. for socializing and light refreshments. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Speaker is Lyndsey Odachowski on the subject of "Medical Cannabis in Maryland." The public is invited.

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Oct. 22: Oyster Fritter Sandwich Hosted by American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd. Public is welcome. Cost is $9.

Oct. 22-24: Beach Maze Part of O.C.Toberfest, on North Division Street & Boardwalk in Ocean City. Experience the thrill of a giant Halloween Beach Maze. Children of all ages can enjoy a pleasant scream as they meander the sands of the giant, bigger and better beach maze. Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies and more will add to the excitement. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Drive-in Movie Saturday night 7 p.m. at the Inlet. Oct. 23: Beer Festival Octoberfest Shore Craft Beer Festival at Sunset Park, 12:30-4:30 p.m. A celebration of great, local beer with delicious food from food trucks, live music. Admission charge.

Oct. 23: Garage Sale The Parke at Ocean Pines is holding its community sale (rain date is Sunday, Oct. 24) from 7:30 a.m.-noon in the driveways of its residents. Parke residents are selling their treasures for others to enjoy. There are clothes, lamps, artwork, household items, electronics, furniture and more. 410-208-4994.

Nov. 5: Fall Glow Walk Put your glow (sticks) on and enjoy a fun free walk starting in Stephen Decatur Park and the downtown (approximately 4.5 kilometers). Hosted by the Berlin Parks Commission in partnership with the Worcester County Health Department Just Walk Worcester program. Free raffle entry for every walker. Registration starts at 4:45 p.m.

Nov. 6: Sight & Sound Bus Trip Stevenson United Methodist Church’s Women’s Group is organizing a bus trip to Sight & Sound Theatres in Ronks, Pa. to see Queen Esther. Bus leaves the church at 8 a.m. on Nov. 6 and returns at 11 p.m. Reservations due Oct. 10. Checks to be made out to Stevenson Women, 123 N. Main Street, Berlin, Md. 21811. Questions, Pat Oltman, 443-6142518.

Nov. 6: Artisan, Craft Fair The entire Ocean Pines Community Center will be turned into a Winter Wonderland by the Pine’eer Craft Club with all custom-made items displayed by vendors. Proceeds from sales and activities benefit the Ocean Pines community. Nancy Burkett, 302-233-0761.

Nov 25: Thanksgiving Dinner The 42nd Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner will again be held at the Ocean City Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Come and receive a great meal at no cost. The men and women of the church and community will be preparing and serving the dinner. Please call Ocean City Baptist Church to inform of attendance at 410-289-4054 or sign-up on line at OCBaptist.com. Dinner will be available for shut-ins with a call.


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HELP WANTED MAINTENANCE HELP: White Horse Park is seeking full time maintenance person. High School Diploma and Valid Drivers License required. Applicant should have knowledge of general maintenance, carpentry, vehicle and equipment maintenance. Must be able to operate light equipment and lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly. Must pass drug test and background check. Salary negotiable. Apply whpcamd@yahoo.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– DENTAL HYGIENIST: Part-time Dental Hygienist needed at a team oriented dental office. Welcoming, patient first, family environment. Please send resume to: dentistryinthepines@gmail.com ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LANDSCAPING: Need 1 landscaper. Call 410-251-4649. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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JOHNNYS PIZZA: Now Hiring Driver! Apply within at 56th Street or call 410-726-7061 to apply. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– OFFICE ASSOCIATE: White Horse Park is seeking a Community Office Associate. Team player with exc. customer support skills. Knowledgeable in various clerical & accounting services. Send resume to: whpcamd@yahoo.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Full Time Year Round Positions ~EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ~HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR ~FRONT DESK AGENT ~NIGHT AUDIT ~MAINTENANCE ~PAINTER ~ROOM ATTENDANT ~ROOM DIVISION MANAGER ~SERVERS ~BARTENDER ~HOSTESS/HOST Seasonal Positions ~SECURITY ~GRILL COOKS ~SERVERS ~BARTENDER ~HOSTESS/HOST ~BUSSER ~FOOD RUNNERS ~POOL ATTENDANT ~WAREHOUSE CLERK ~BEACH STAND TOP WAGES! EXCELLENT BENEFITS! HOUSING AVAILABLE! FAX RESUME & SALARY REQ. to: 410-723-9109 Online at www.clarionoc.com APPLY IN PERSON Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CLARION RESORT FONTAINEBLEAU HOTEL 10100 COASTAL HWY. OCEAN CITY, MD. 21842 EOE M/F/D/V

FRONT DESK ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT A beautiful award winning community in Ocean View, DE is seeking a self-motivated, driven, and goal-oriented administrative assistant. Must be organized and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be computer proficient in MS Office and have the ability to learn a variety of software programs. Excellent customer service skills are a requirement of the position. Previous experience in working with HOAs preferred but not required. Full-time, year-round, 40 hours/week. Interested candidates should email resume with salary requirements to: Susan.Brewer@casinc.biz or fax 302-537-4075 EOE

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HIRING AT BOTH LOCATIONS APPLY IN PERSON South Location 31st St. Coastal Hwy. 410-289-2581 North Location 128th St. Coastal Hwy. 410-250-2304

HOSTS REGISTER KITCHEN HELP APPLY IN PERSON NO PHONE CALLS! Open Thurs-Mon 7am-12:30pm 1300 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE

AUTOMOTIVE GREAT-GREAT-GREAT OPPORTUNITY! We are part of a large automotive group with parts stores, service centers, and a used car dealership. Fast paced, energetic atmosphere with advancement opportunities! We have several locations and currently have an opening at our Ocean View, DE location for Service Advisors. Excellent Pay and Benefits including Company Matched Retirement Plan, Vacation, Holiday Pay, Health Insurance, Discounts, and Much More!!!

Please Call Matt For More Information 302-344-9846

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ROOMS DIVISION MANAGER We are currently recruiting for a year round Rooms Division Manager for our Oceanfront Convention Hotel (250 rooms with 85 adjacent condominiums). The preferred candidate should have a minimum of 3 years hotel front desk management with working knowledge of housekeeping, inventory/revenue experience, good verbal communications and telephone etiquette. Qualified candidates only should apply. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package available. Apply in person, Mondays thru Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT CLARION RESORT FOUTAINEBLEAU HOTEL 10100 COASTAL HIGHWAY OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Phone: 410-524-3535 x.7128 Fax: 410-723-9109 EOE M/F/D/V

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SEEKING HOUSING: Looking for small apartment in OC, Ocean Pines, or Berlin. Need ASAP. Please call 443-754-7054. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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ROOMMATES YEAR ROUND ROOMMATE: Wanted to share 3BR house w/ middle aged man in safe quiet neighborhood in WOC. Occupancy limited to 2. No Smoking/Pets. $750/mo. + 1/2 utilities. Call 443-497-3021. Please leave message, or no call back. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RENTALS WINTER RENTAL: Downtown OC, 2BR/2BA apt. $800/mo.+ gas & elec. Wi-fi & basic cable incl. Occupancy limited to 2. No smoking/pets. Call 410-202-6353. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WINTER RENTAL: Available now thru May 15th, 2022. $800/Month + $800 Sec. Dep. Req’d. 1BR Condo - Coconut Malorie, OC, MD. All utilities included, furnished, must have good rental references. No Pets. Email: davis.kathy459@gmail.com –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18893 To all persons interested in the estate of HOWARD ELTON CATHELL JR, ESTATE NO. 18893. Notice is given that JAMES PATRICK CATHELL, 42 MYSTIC HARBOUR BOULEVARD, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of HOWARD ELTON CATHELL JR, who died on AUGUST 11, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 15TH day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch

Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 JAMES PATRICK CATHELL Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-24, 10-01, 10-08

Third Insertion VICTORIA L. O’NEILL ESQ. AYRES, JENKINS, GORDY & ALMAND, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18895 To all persons interested in the estate of WALTER D HYLE III, ESTATE NO. 18895. Notice is given that DAWN M BLOSS, 18 CEDAR LANE, STEWARTSTOWN, PA 17363 was on, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of WALTER D HYLE III, who died on SEPTEMBER 1, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 16TH day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims

within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 DAWN M BLOSS Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 09-24, 10-01, 10-08

Second Insertion MARIANNA BATIE, ESQ. LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY SUITE 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18907 To all persons interested in the estate of NORMAN LEWIS SQUIRES, JR., ESTATE NO. 18907. Notice is given that DONALD LEE SQUIRES, SR., 45 MIDFIELD ROAD, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720, was on, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of NORMAN LEWIS SQUIRES, JR., who died on AUGUST 22, 2021, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 24TH day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or be-


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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or email classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com fore the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 01, 2021 DONALD LEE SQUIRES, SR. Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-01, 10-08, 10-15

Second Insertion VICTORIA L. O’NEILL, ESQ. AYRES, JENKINS, GORDY & ALMAND, PA 6200 COASTAL HWY, SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18900 To all persons interested in the estate of KATHLEEN MARY GALLOWAY, ESTATE NO. 18900. Notice is given that GARY GALLOWAY, 13349 PEACH TREE ROAD, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of KATHLEEN MARY GALLOWAY, who died on MAY 12, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment

(or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall their objections with Register of Wills on or fore the 20TH day MARCH, 2022.

the file the beof

Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 01, 2021 GARY GALLOWAY Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-01, 10-08, 10-15

Second Insertion VICTORIA L. O’NEILL, ESQ. AYRES, JENKINS, GORDY & ALMAND, PA 6200 COASTAL HWY, SUITE 200 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18912 Notice is given that the REGISTER OF WILLS COURT of YORK COUNTY, PA, appointed JULIE M. HARMAN, 613 PLEASANT VIEW ROAD, LEWISBERRY, PA, 17339 as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of SUSAN E. CHOPPER, who died on MARCH 25, 2021, domiciled

The Maryland resident agent for service of process is VICTORIA L. O’NEILL, ESQ. whose address is 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 200, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 01, 2021 JULIE M. HARMAN Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-01, 10-08, 10-15

Second Insertion CHRISTOPHER F. DRUMMOND, ESQ. 119 LAWYERS ROW CENTREVILLE, MD 21617 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 18864 Notice is given that the CIRCUIT COURT-PROBATE DIVISION of PINELLAS COUNTY, FL, appointed KAREN TIPPET POPULARLAWHORN, 48060 POST OAK ROAD, ST. INIGIOES, MD 20684, as the EXECUTOR of the Estate of JOHN J. POPULAR, JR., who died on JUNE 14, 2021, domiciled in FLORIDA, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is N/A. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following MARYLAND counties: WORCESTER. All persons having claims

against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 01, 2021 KAREN TIPPET POPULAR-LAWHORN Foreign Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-01, 10-08, 10-15

First Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18849 To all persons interested in the estate of GERTRUDE BAILEY PRYOR AKA GERTRUDE BAILEY, ESTATE NO. 18849. Notice is given that JAMES R. BERGEY JR., 8938 WORCESTER HIGHWAY, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of GERTRUDE BAILEY PRYOR, who died on AUGUST 26, 2020, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 21ST day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or

Page 59 (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 JAMES R. BERGEY JR. Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-08, 10-15, 10-22

First Insertion MICHELE PROCINOWELLS, ESQUIRE PROCINO-WELLS & WOODLAND, LLC 225 HIGH STREET SEAFORD, DE 19973 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18881 To all persons interested in the estate of MICHAEL ALBERT HUDSON, ESTATE NO. 18881. Notice is given that MAVIS A. TICE, 901 SAINT LOUIS AVE., UNIT C, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842, was on, OCTOBER 05, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MICHAEL ALBERT HUDSON, who died on MAY 14, 2021, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 5TH day of APRIL, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this

published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 MAVIS A. TICE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-08, 10-15, 10-22

First Insertion NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18920 To all persons interested in the estate of ERNEST COHRS, ESTATE NO. 18920. Notice is given that CATHRYN WOOLSEY, 8330 TERRA GRANDE AVE., SPRINGFILED, VA 22153, was on, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of ERNEST COHRS, who died on SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 30TH day of MARCH, 2022. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unen-


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The Dispatch Legal Notices LEGAL RATES Legal advertising rate is $7 per column inch. The deadline for all legal advertising is Tuesday at noon. For more information call 410-641-4563 or email classifieds@mdcoastdispatch.com forceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 CATHRYN WOOLSEY Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 10-08, 10-15, 10-22

First Insertion SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 CELESTE RAYNE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 10-08

ESTATE NO. 18909

First Insertion To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES MARSHALL HILL JR. ESTATE NO. 18909. Notice is given that CELESTE RAYNE, 11752 MAID AT ARMS LANE, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on SEPTEMBER 24, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of JAMES MARSHALL HILL JR., who died on SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails

SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 NICHOLE LOREMAN Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 10-08

ESTATE NO. 18913

First Insertion To all persons interested in the estate of DIANE BENSHOFF. ESTATE NO. 18913. Notice is given that NICHOLE LOREMAN, 8287 LITTLETON ROAD, WILLARDS, MD 21874, was on SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of DIANE BENSHOFF, who died on APRIL 23, 2020 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with

LESLIE CASE DIPIETRO, ESQ. PROCINO-WELLS & WOODLAND, LLC 225 HIGH STREET SEAFORD, DE 19973 SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18914 To all persons interested in the estate of TRAVIS ALLEN MCKENNA. ESTATE NO. 18914. Notice is given that FRANCIS EDWARD MCKENNA, PO BOX 233, DUBLIN, NH 03444, was on SEPTEMBER 27, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of TRAVIS ALLEN MCKENNA, who died on JULY 1, 2021 with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections

with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 FRANCIS EDWARD MCKENNA Personal Representative True Test Copy

October 8, 2021 TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 10-08

First Insertion SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18923 To all persons interested in the estate of PEGGY A RIDGLEY. ESTATE NO. 18923. Notice is given that CAROL BORRADAILE, 10800 NAVY PAGE LANE UNIT 105, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on OCTOBER 01, 2021, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of PEGGY A RIDGLEY, who died on JUNE 23, 2021 without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections

with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication OCTOBER 08, 2021 CAROL BORRADAILE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 10-08


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OBITUARIES Dana Joy Isenberg Snyder OCEAN CITY – Dana Joy Isenberg Snyder was born in 1948, second daughter of Roy “Ben-I” and Dorothy Goodman Isenberg, both parents having preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted husband and best friend, Anthony “Tony” Dicken of Ocean City, sole child, daughter Heather Snyder of Hagerstown and her partner Rob Turner. JOY SNYDER She is also survived by her grandchildren Ashley, Alex, Michael and partner Briana Shepler, Christopher; great grandchildren Natalia and Wes; sister Alice Jo Isenberg O’Loughlin of New York City and brother-in-law Pat and nephew Aran; and also their entertaining 4 EBTs Bella, Rosso, Penny and Santo. Raised in a small south central town of Alexandria, Pa., where no one locked their doors and the kids played hideand-seek until dusk, her parents nurtured Joy with the values of compassion, honesty and hard work. Educated in Juniata Valley schools, she was a proud member of the Hornets concert, dancing and marching bands as a percussionist, honored to be selected for County, District and State bands as a timpanist. Joy studied dance for 35 years. As a youth she entertained for Gold Star Mother luncheons, Veterans hospitals and civic organizations; little did she know then how much that meant to these folks. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, majoring in dance, a member of Chi Omega sorority, university’s touring dance company and a student instructor. After college, she was the artistic director, instructor and choreographer of the Kinetic Dance Society in Huntingdon, Pa., with 60 pairs of twinkling toes, tutus and tap shoes. She also performed with community theaters and the Baltimore Ballet Company in “The King and I,” “The Nutcracker” and “Westside Story.” Joy was passionate about contributing her time and talents to a long list of civically-oriented organizations: Easter Seals summer camp counselor, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Bible school counselor, American Heart fundraiser, founding member of CASA, Citizens Against Spousal Abuse, founding member of Student Trade Foundation and member of the Washington County Economic Development Commission. She launched her professional career in real estate in 1972 as a builder, designer and developer of thousands of mountain acres across Pennsylvania, constructing custom recreational homes, developing a log home business from the forest to the front door. In 1980 she was relocated to Hagerstown, to develop a Section-8 apartment complex, offering many families an opportunity to have a secure home for the first time. Over the years, she provided representation as a certified expert witness for all levels of court, a public advocate for the homelessness, a spokesperson for the consumer, as well as business organiza-

tion memberships, a mentor and educator for the real estate industry. Unfortunately she was not able to complete her book, Gross Incompetence, an insider’s view, the brutal truth about the real estate business. Joy moved to Ocean City in 1990, launching a new facet of her business. She took great pride in the quality of her work and highest level of diligent service to her clients. It was her perfectionism and compassion that was evident, assisting over 1,000 families in owning their homes, achieving their dreams. Always a bit of a maverick in her profession she stood for “doing the right thing,” being assured all involved were treated fairly and honestly. A very private woman, those who were fortunate to have known Joy and called her a friend have richer lives thanks to her quiet generosity, shared intellect and orneriness, with no conceit, no inflated ego. As a final selfless gesture, her body has been donated to science for research. It was her desire not to “own any more real estate” (grave). A celebration of life will be held Monday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1705 Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City, Md. 21842 with a reception to follow. As so desired, memorial donations in Joy’s honor may be made to Blue Ridge Bull Terrier Rescue, PO Box #32, Delmar, Del. 19940. Joy’s family would like to share their appreciation to her army of supportive friends and clients, Coastal Hospice, Burbage Cancer Center and the entire staff, Dr. Paul, Nurse Ellis, Realtor Cole and the Re/Max Advantage Realty Family. The curtain has closed on Joy’s wonderful life with one last paradiddle, one final pirouette, one more run on the beach, one final roller blading session on the OC Boardwalk. It’s been a most interesting journey. Exit stage right, please turn off the lights.

William Addison Gibbs, Jr. OCEAN CITY – William Addison Gibbs, Jr. “Bill” passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at age 72 surrounded by his wife, sons and siblings. Born in Salisbury, and raised in Ocean City, he was the son of late William A. Gibbs, Sr. and Virginia (Bruffy). Bill is survived by his wife, Julianne “Julie” (Mitchell) Gibbs; sons Gary Gibbs of Washington DC, Jeff Gibbs and his wife Ashley (Parker) of Berlin and Kevin Gibbs of Ocean City; and by the joy of his life, his two granddaughters, Addison and BILL GIBBS Ava Gibbs. Also surviving are his brothers, Tom Gibbs and his wife Nancy of West Palm, Fla. and Bruce Gibbs and his wife Theresa of Ocean City; a sister, Gail Carozza of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1967. He attended Nor-

man Jr. College for two years, where he played varsity basketball. He then transferred to West Georgia College where he received his Bachelor’s degree in History. After college, Bill returned home and opened his first pizza shop, Lombardi’s on the Boardwalk at Wicomico Street. In 1981, after purchasing The Breakers Hotel, Bill created The Dough Roller, fulfilling his lifelong dream, the need for a full-service restaurant on the Boardwalk. Through his successes he was able to open multiple Dough Rollers up and down the beach. Bill was very active in the Ocean City community. He was the president of the OCHMRA in 1988-1989. He served on the Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Ocean City Development Corporation. He was a founding member of the Downtown Improvement Association, a member of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation and a past AGH Golf Tournament Chairman. He actively supported Children’s House by the Sea, Worcester County Developmental Center and Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, and many more local organizations and charities. Bill and Julie received the Brice and Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award in 2012 from the Restaurant Association of Maryland. He was awarded a Key to the City in 2014. In his spare time Bill enjoyed his grandkids the most. He was an avid Ravens fan and golfer. Bill loved Kentucky basketball and enjoyed playing the slots or a game of 3 card poker at Ocean Downs. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at the Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., Ocean City, Md. The funeral service will be on Friday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. George Patterson will officiate. Interment will follow and will be private for the family only. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to The Children's House by the Sea, P.O. Box 3627, Ocean City, Md. 21843, Vietnam Veterans of America Ocean City Chapter 1091, 2308 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City, Md. 21842 or the Worcester County Developmental Center 8545 Newark Road, Newark, Md. 21841. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

John Earl Wheatley, Jr. BERLIN – John Earl Wheatley, Jr., age 71, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late John E. Wheatley, Sr. and Catherine Lyston Wheatley. He is survived by his children, Terence Reale, Christofo Reale, William Wheatley, Lise Grigsby, Kelli Wheatley, Becki Camer- JOHN EARL on, Anna Wheatley and WHEATLEY, JR. Erin Wheatley. Also surviving are his brothers, Michael, Thomas, David, and Ricky Wheatley, and sister, Cathy Wheatley Readmond. There

are 13 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Mr. Wheatley had served in the United State Air Force Reserves, and attended Essex Community College. His life time career was repairing batteries and generators. In his spare time, he was an avid reader of John Sanford and James Patterson novels while drinking his black coffee he enjoyed so much. He also “armchair” coached the Baltimore Orioles baseball team and the Ravens every season. A beloved family man and everyone’s favorite “Uncle Johnny”, his family adored him. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. A donation in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va.23060-9979. Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

Patsy Ann Valenti BERLIN – On Oct. 3, 2021, Patsy Ann Valenti (nee Cunningham), former resident of Ocean Pines and Berlin, passed away. She was the beloved wife of the late Lou Johns and the late Vincent Valenti, Jr.; devoted mother of Cheryl Ann Musciano and her husband Frank, Rhonda Lynn Bockius and her husband John, and the late Charles William England, Jr.; loving grandmother of Lauren Ann Montgomery, Justin Michael Musciano, Christina Marie Fusto, Haley Lynn Bockius, Sydney Rachel Bockius and Julia Hope Bockius; and cherished great grandPATSY ANN mother of Aiden MontVALENTI gomery, Alexa Montgomery, Liam Montgomery, Christian Fusto, Michaela Fusto, and Vincent Musciano. Pat worked at Centex Homes at the Parke at Ocean Pines, the Princess Royale and the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. She was involved with many social activities and clubs (Red Hat Society, singles group, as well as hosting parties and lunch-ins for her friends, she especially liked the happy hours at Harpoon Hanna’s). She made many friends and held a special place in her heart for Berlin. Services were held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association at www.ALZ.org.

Nancy Wilson Engh OCEAN CITY – Nancy Wilson Engh, 88, of Roxana Del., passed away in her home on Wednesday, Sept. 29 surrounded by the love of her family. Nancy was born the 11th of 13 children to Don and Annette Mitchell Wilson. She was preceded in death by 11 treasured siblings, beloved husband Lynn Michael Engh and cherished daughter Dobby Engh. She leaves in this life many who will miss her bright light inSEE NEXT PAGE


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... OBITUARIES cluding; 5 children; Michael and wife Linda, Cheri and husband Frank, Tracy, Andy and wife Natalie, Joe and wife Dawn, and in addition, 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sister Donna, and numerous nieces and nephews. Nancy attended SalNANCY WILSON ENGH isbury Teacher’s College in the 1950’s and was a long-time resident of Ocean City, where she owned and managed several businesses including the Shamrock and Englander Apartments for 30 years prior to moving to Blue Willow Acres in Roxana, Del. in 1985. While living in Roxana, Nancy coowned Country Road Antiques for many years. Nancy will be remembered as an always positive, brave and incredibly strong woman with a capacity for selflessness and great love for her family and friends. Her big smile and laugh will be unforgettable for all who knew her. Nancy was passionate about her large family, loved to fish and crab, grow beautiful flower gardens, was a devout fitness enthusiast, avid reader and card player, golfer, antiques and wicker expert, and an artist of stained glass, mosaics, oil and acrylic painting. A Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 from 2-6 p.m. at longtime friend, Mariner’s Country Down in Berlin. A private family burial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Nancy’s name to the Food Bank of Delaware (fbd.org), Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org), or Second Chance for Women (secondchanceforwomen.net).

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch He is also survived by grandchildren, Charlie (Jenn) Fitzpatrick, Ben Fitzpatrick, Jennifer (Dave) Weaver, Lisa (Bryan) Schlossberg, Stephen (Anna) Bradford, Skyler George, Kelley Bradford and Caitlin (Brian) Hartwyk. He also leaves his great grandchildren Nolan, Layla, Hailey and Hannah Fitzpatrick, Olivia and Natalie Weaver, Gabby and Jacob Schlossberg, and Jack and Zoe Bradford. He was preceded in death by grandsons John Bradford and Justin George and great grandson Ty Fitzpatrick. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Roland Bradford, and sister, Bea Bradford Wood. He is survived by cousin Verla Birch Hammond and many nieces and nephews. Russell was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served the church in many capacities, as well as painting the pastor’s house all by himself after his retirement. Over the years, he gave his time selflessly to many friends, family members, and neighbors by driving them to dialysis and doctor appointments. He was always happy to do so, and will be missed by many. He donated his body to the State Anatomy Board to be used for science and research. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. The family asks that you “Do it for Me”. Please don’t send flowers. Help someone in need by doing a kindness, or making a donation to Coastal Hospice or First Presbyterian Church and say, “I did it for Russ”.

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BERLIN – Plans for a mural honoring the Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley are going back to the drawing board following input from a local board. Members of the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) voiced concerns this week with a mural of Tindley, the gospel music icon born in Berlin, planned for the Parker building on William Street. They’re worried about maintaining the town’s historic appearance. “It is so unique,” HDC member Mary Moore said. “I feel strongly about keeping the Victorian character.” Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director, has spent months working with various stakeholders regarding the concept of a Tindley mural. Though there were initially plans for artist Jay Coleman to paint the mural, which was to be funded with a grant, on the side of the Bruder Hill building, the bricks there weren’t the right texture. Instead, Wells presented plans Wednesday for the mural to be installed on the side of the old Farlow’s Pharmacy space on the building owned by J.E. Parker. Though she wasn’t present, HDC member Laura Stearns submitted written comments expressing her objections to the mural. She thought Stearns should be recognized in a more fitting manner, like a statue. “He should be recognized in the town where he was born,” Stearns wrote. “Because our town is Victorian he should be commemorated in a way that is historically appropriate. This mural does not belong in the historic district painted on brick that has not been touched with paint in

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hundreds of years.” Her peers agreed. Moore said she didn’t think Coleman’s style fit the town. “My first thought when I looked at the packet, Disney World came to my mind,” she said. “It was very commercial looking.” HDC member Nornie Bunting said he didn’t want to see historic bricks painted. “I’m not a big fan of covering up bricks,” he said. Commission member John Holloway said he was worried about upkeep and the potential for vandalism. “The statue is a fantastic idea,” he said. HDC member Robert Poli said he wasn’t ready to see a mural on the building, particularly since he was accustomed to New York, where there were murals all over the place. “Some of it’s nice but some of it takes away from the architectural value of these old buildings,” he said. Wells said she understood the concerns raised. “We’re looking for a way to honor Dr. Tindley, whether it’s a mural whether it’s a statue, we’re looking to show respect for Dr. Tindley in the town of Berlin…,” she said. “We want something that everyone’s going to love.” Carol Rose, HDC chair, encouraged the commission to consider a continuance rather than voting not to approve the mural. If the mural request was formally voted down by the board, the proposal wouldn’t be able to come back for a year. “I don’t want to do that,” she said. The board agreed and voted unanimously to continue the hearing in order to consider alternative methods to honor Tindley.

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BERLIN – The Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) approved a sidewalk mural to improve the appearance of a downtown alley. The HDC on Wednesday approved a sidewalk mural for the alley between the Purnell Building and Island Creamery. The mural is meant to beautify the alley and celebrate the fact that Berlin is a designated “Bee City.” HDC members were excited about the potential for improving the appearance of the narrow alley. “That’s hurting a lot of people’s hearts the way that’s looking,” said Carol Rose, HDC chair. Ivy Wells, economic and community development director, said that on her walks through town she’d noticed the unsightly condition of the alley, which is strewn with cigarette butts and wet from dripping overheard air conditioning units. Wells got the idea for a sidewalk mural from an art museum she visited in Solomon’s Island. She told the commission local artist Jess Hall would paint a “Pollinator Way” mural on the sidewalk celebrating bees, in a nod to Berlin’s Bee City status, and that rain gardens would be installed underneath the air conditioning units.

“It would be easy to maintain if they were troughs,” said Georgianna McElroy. McElroy said the group she had helped start, the Berlin Ecumenical Green Team, was hoping to do similar planters in some other spots in town where downspouts created wet sidewalks. Commission members spoke in support of the project. “Anything that can make that area look better than it does is a great improvement,” commission member John Holloway said. Rose agreed but said she wanted to make sure the rain gardens were maintained. With McElroy’s assurance that the rain gardens would be maintained, the commission voted unanimously to approve the project as presented. The HDC also approved a small pedestrian mural Hall will paint outside the Berlin Welcome Center. The mural, which will depict a brick walkway, will be painted on the ground on the north side of the building, where “no parking” is painted on the asphalt. Wells said that currently, when visitors stopped to get a picture in front of the mural on the welcome center’s wall, the “no parking” lettering intruded. “It’s not very pretty,” she said. “We’re trying to turn that into more of a welcoming area.”


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SALISBURY – Officials this week outlined their plans to build a new pickleball complex in Salisbury. On Tuesday, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism Director Steve Miller presented the Wicomico County Council with a plan to redevelop Harmon Field, an aging park on Church Hill Avenue in Salisbury. “What we are proposing is a $1 million renovation to the site,” he said. While the park was once a hub for recreational activities, including softball tournaments and youth programs, Miller told county leaders this week the property now sees very little use other than pickup basketball games. “Over the last four years, excluding 2020, the field has seen 77 hours per year of organized play …,” he said. “One field at our athletic complex averages 1,100 hours of play.” To that end, Miller said he is proposing the construction of a new playground, an additional basketball court, and the development of a 12-court pickleball complex. “It’s a sport that literally anyone can play,” he said. Miller told council members that the recreation and parks department fielded comments weekly from residents requesting new courts be built. Highlighting that demand, he said, were recent pickleball tournaments that attracted more than 100

Wicomico County. “Having this complex in this location would give us that opportunity to host major tournament events and bring revenue to the county,” he said. Officials noted that the county would fund the project using a $700,000 grant through the state’s Local Parks and Playgrounds Infrastructure Bill with no local match. Miller added the remaining $300,000 would come through a publicprivate partnership with the YMCA, located next to the Harmon Field property. “The county will maintain 100% control of the facility, and the county will maintain 100% control of the schedule for the facility …,” he said. “Any programs conducted by YMCA must be approved by us and open to the public.” Miller told council members his most immediate request was a letter of support to accept the $700,000 grant, should it be approved. “A million dollars is sitting on the table for us to renovate a 50-year-old park …,” he said. “Not one dime of local tax dollars is being requested.” Councilwoman Nicole Acle, however, said citizens on the west side of Wicomico County were still awaiting the development of a park at the West Metro Core property. She questioned if the pickleball complex could be built there. “The county bought 100 acres for them to have a park,” she said. “We have paid for two engineering studies. Those citizens still don’t have a park.”

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was the most feasible option for the redevelopment project. “If you were to propose doing this somewhere else, the YMCA is not going to kick in $300,000,” he said. Councilman John Cannon said he supported Miller’s proposal. “One does not preclude the other,” he told Acle. “You can work on a parallel course to get both done.” Council President Larry Dodd also shared his concerns regarding the proposed project. He noted a local youth sports league – the Delmarva Pony League – had expressed interest in using Harmon Field for its ball games.

“They have 300 kids playing, and there’s only one baseball field,” he explained. “And there is a need for girls’ softball.” Miller said he would work with the league to find a place to play. “We’re happy to meet with them and work with them,” he said. The council reached a consensus to send a letter in support of the $700,000 grant. Officials will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed agreement with the YMCA. “We need to act now in letting the state know we are serious with this proposal,” Acting County Executive John Psota said.

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Jennifer Corron’s 10th grade biology class met last month in the lab to recreate plant and animal cells with gelatin and craft pieces. Above, Corron, center, pours the gel while Max Halle, left, Adam Hafez, second from right, and Connor Ferguson place the pieces to the cell. Below, Ansley Gardner and Summer Vent wait for the gelatin to melt and be poured. Second from bottom, Baylor Hoen and Kannon Cropper move the pieces to the appropriate parts of the cell. Bottom, Maggie McCabe and Caleb Collins work together to rebuild a plant and animal cell. Worcester Preparatory Head of School Dr. John McDonald announced Ayush Batra and Marshall Mumford have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, was presented to the scholastically talented seniors. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School Mike Grosso, Mumford, Batra, McDonald and Director of Submitted Photos College Counseling Victoria Garner.

Students in Emily Rowan’s fifth grade class from Berlin Intermediate School visited the “Shelter in Place” station, while on a field trip to Shad Landing. They were given a task to build a shelter using a couple of supplied materials and anything they could find in the woods. They also had to figure out what would be needed to start a fire, how to collect water, along with ways hunt and to gather food. Students pictured are Libby Hulme, Harper Smith, Kyla Moss, Ilya Karcheuski, Ryan Crockett and Izabella Willoughby.

Students at Ocean City Elementary showed their school pride and enjoyed the fresh air during their Back to School Spirit Day and A.C.E.S. (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) event. For A.C.E.S., each month, the entire school exercises on the field for 30 mins. Pictured showing their school spirit in their OCES apparel are Stephanie and Alexandra.


Ocean City Seeks Dismissal Of Wireless Tower Lawsuit

October 8, 2021

BY SHAWN J. SOPER

MANAGING EDITOR

OCEAN CITY – Asserting its denial of proposed sites for small-cell towers in uptown residential neighborhoods was not a denial of a formal application from a private-sector telecommunications company, the Town of Ocean City this week filed a motion to dismiss a civil suit against the resort. In June, the Mayor and Council had before them a request from Crown Castle to install three small-cell towers in residential neighborhoods in the north end of town. For the record, Crown Castle installs small cell towers and nodes around the resort and contracts with wireless providers such as Verizon and Sprint, for example, to provide the hardware. The requests for three locations included Old Landing Road, Bering Road and Marlin Drive. After considerable discussion, the council voted 4-3 to tacitly deny Crown Castle’s request for the three identified locations in the north-end residential, or R-1, district. In July, Crown Castle filed a complaint in federal court seeking an expedited review of the case, declarations and judgments that the town’s denial is not supported by the evidence and an order to require the town to grant Crown Castle’s applications to in-

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stall and operate the three nodes in the R-1 district among other things. This week, the Town of Ocean City, through its attorney, filed a motion to dismiss the case. In the motion to dismiss, the town asserts the request from Crown Castle for the three north-end sites was not a formal application, but rather a feeling-out of sorts to see if resort officials could support the proposed sites before moving forward with design and engineering of the small-cell towers. The town asserts in its motion to dismiss Crown Castle has never formally applied for the three proposed locations, making the federal suit the private telecommunications company filed in July somewhat putting the cart before the horse. It could come down to semantics, but the case could hinge on whether or not Crown Castle actually filed applications for the three sites. The town believes it did not. By way of background, wireless facilities providers such as Crown Castle are essentially free to install equipment in public rights-of-way per the federal Communications Act approved in 1996 and challenges have been upheld in different jurisdictions around the country.

For its part, the Town of Ocean City has a right to deny locations or designs of the nodes for aesthetic reasons. Although the council has been consistently divided on the issue, it has been reluctant to approve the nodes in R-1 residential areas. In the memorandum in support of the motion to dismiss Crown Castle’s suit, the town asserts the wireless provider has never filed a formal application for the three proposed sites. “Considering only materials the court is entitled to consider, the court may conclude as a matter of law that the town code requires submission of an application for wireless facilities, that the town has not denied any application for any facility in the R-1 district, and that, at most, the town has chosen an interlocutory basis not to approve proposed locations in the R-1 district before any application is submitted,” the memorandum in support of the motion reads. “Crown Castle filed applications for facilities in the Montego Bay (MH) district, but not in the R-1 districts. Crown Castle only informally requested City Council consideration of the proposed locations for facilities in the R-1

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district and there is no allegation that Crown Castle completed the design or engineering of the facilities in the R-1 district.” Again, in the motion to dismiss, the town asserts Crown Castle was merely seeking tacit approval from the council on the three proposed sites, and not approval on a formal application. “Crown Castle’s interpretation of the code in this regard is wrong,” the memorandum reads. “There is nothing in the text of the town code or the DAS requirements that precludes submission of an application if the City Council fails to approve a location, and there is nothing in the code that requires City Council approval of a proposed location as a pre-condition to submitting an application.” Absent a formal application for the three small-cell towers, the town’s denial of the three proposed north-end sites does not represent a blanket rejection for small-cell towers in any other residential areas, thus making Crown Castle’s suit appear premature, the motion to dismiss asserts. “An applicant may, if it chooses, request the town to approve a location before submitting an application, but this is not required under the code or otherwise, and action on such a request does not preclude submission of a full application,” the memorandum reads.

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Sports Complex Site The Key Piece To Early Process How We See It

The need to provide opportunities for economic revitalization for the south end of Worcester County is real, but any talk of a potential sports complex being built in the area is unproductive for the entire county. Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino is right when he maintained during his town hall meeting last week, “We need to balance the development of this county to include the southern part.” More opportunities, like the new riverboat operation in Snow Hill, are indeed a must if the south end of the county is going to see true economic rejuvenation, and the government and its tourism arm will likely need to be at the forefront of these efforts. We just don’t see a potential sports complex – a true hypothetical at this point – being built in the south end of the county as a solid for all of Worcester County. In fact, we believe it will potentially benefit Wicomico County more than it will its home county. It’s too much

of a risk where families could select the neighboring county’s hotels, stores and restaurants over the more modern, albeit pricier, options in northern Worcester. If holding large sports tournaments attracting families from the mid-Atlantic throughout the year is a primary motivator for building a sports complex, the site must be more centralized. The Newark to Berlin area is ideal because of the central location as well as its close proximity to major highways. Building a sports complex in a rural area without the proper infrastructure to support hundreds of vehicles would be foolish. There will need to be a serious strategy behind the sports complex generally and the site specifically. Most details have not been made public. There is much uncertainty about the realities of a complex ever being built and also whether the County Commissioners will actually support it. The votes are there

with the current board for a sports complex effort to move forward, but there is an election in one year and there are sure to be changes in the board makeup. County Commissioner Bud Church, a major proponent of a sports complex, has said he will not seek re-election. Whoever replaces Church could be a swing vote, dooming the effort, but the board make-up will be critical. Worcester County is continuing at this point to conduct due diligence efforts on a potential site while congruently working on how the land would be secured financially and what partners would be involved in the eventual development and management. We support the county’s dream of a sports complex, but this clearly remains the most rudimentary of endeavors long on unknowns and short on specifics including financial realities. It’s going to take time, but we agree with the majority of the commissioners who believe a north-end site is the right fit.

Letters To The Editor Keeping The Arts Alive And Well On Delmarva Editor: Earth Wind & Fire. Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Train. Black Violin. Shakespeare. Jake Owen. Harry Connick, Jr. What a season! The Freeman Arts Pavilion delivered a wave of diverse entertainment this summer; national recording artists, local artists, tribute bands, performing arts and free family and children’s programming. It was an inspiring, foot-stomping, heart-soaring, hand clapping, musically magical season, all made possible by our generous donors, sponsors, patrons, staff, partners, volunteers and neighbors. Despite changing health directives, challenging weather conditions, the occasional hurricane and a new venue, we ‘pressed play’ and over 81,000 patrons enjoyed the season with us (a ‘thank you’ to our audience this year for being particularly patient, enthusiastic, supportive and spreading joy). Our Arts in Education program touched the hearts and minds of 28,000 children, and we can’t wait to start that programming next month, connecting with schools and placing the opportunity to create art in the hands of our children. It’s beyond exciting to know that in our 14th year, and emerging out of an oscillating global pandemic, we have impacted over 100,000 people so far in 2021. From Stage to Arts Pavilion: The transition of The Freeman Stage to Freeman Arts Pavilion was a giant leap for our public charity that started January 2021. Although the new physical structure of the Freeman Arts Pavilion is still several years away, everyone got to feel the potential of this incredible new venue as we enjoyed the newly landscaped site. Our pod seating arrangements worked well and kept everyone feeling safe and com-

fortable. Our founder and chairwoman, Michelle Freeman, promised to create a charity program to honor the memory of her husband, Josh, after his untimely death in 2006. Josh was passionate about contributing to the performing arts and making high-quality, diverse arts experiences accessible to all. The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation seeks to honor Josh’s passion and commitment to excellence by creating programs he would have been proud of. Like those at the Freeman Arts Pavilion. What’s new in 2022? We will be creating a new exit, moving the box office to the new entrance, adding restrooms and beverage stations, and improving the lighting and adding more staff and volunteers — all to enhance the audience experience. We can’t wait to welcome you all. The Freeman Arts Pavilion is both the continuation of a uniquely American community tradition and the future of the arts in the Delaware coastal communities. And for that we are so grateful. We are also grateful for those who support the arts in our communities and know that our mission is alive and well and serving the residents and guests of Delmarva. Thank you to every single person for their contribution to elevating the human spirit. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Season 15! Until then, be sure to visit our website, freemanarts.org to learn more about the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Patti Grimes (The writer is the executive director of the Freeman Arts Pavilion.)

Testimony Not Balanced Editor: After listening to the Sept. 28 PSC Wind Turbine comments, which are avail-

able for anyone who wishes to listen at www.youtube.com/c/MarylandPSC, I'd like to question a very quantifiable statement by the Maryland Coast Dispatch which is simply not the truth. The Dispatch in its article on the PSC comments from Sept 30 stated, "After state and local officials made their pitches during the hearing, there was a steady stream of public speakers both in favor and against expanding offshore wind off the coast of Ocean City, in an alternating fashion that almost seemed planned." The wording in this article might lead readers to believe the testimony was 50/50 for and against. In the three hours of testimony, there were eight speakers against the turbines. All others were for them. Three of the eight were names well known to Ocean City; Mary Beth Carozza, Rick Meehan and Terry McGean. The Dispatch made sure each one's name got highlighted in the article and each one got several paragraphs of verbatim quotes. As for the overwhelming number that were for the wind turbines, speakers were limited to three minutes or less so and about 60 spoke during the three-hour hearing. Over 85% were for the turbines. Let's look at another quantifiable metric regarding The Dispatch's coverage. Carozza, Meehan and McGean received about seven paragraphs of quotes. Those for the turbines got two. So the pro-turbine people got about 12% of the quotes despite being over 85% of the PSC commenters. I hope The Dispatch will take a look at its coverage on this topic. The Dispatch's main competitor got it far better, saying "droves of people spoke in favor of the initiative" in their opening paragraph on the same topic. The Dispatch owes readers better coverage that reflects the facts SEE NEXT PAGE


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and statistics far better than this article. Doug Miller Jessup

Md. Economic Reflections Editor: The State of Maryland has a lot of money. And by a lot, I mean a once-in-ageneration unanticipated $5 billion in the bank. Most of this money is tax revenue collected as a direct result of billions of federal and state dollars in stimulus funds pumped into Maryland’s economy. The stimulus worked. It ignited the economy. Here’s how we got to $5 billion. This past week, my office announced a $2.5 billion general fund balance to close Fiscal Year 2021, as well as an increase of nearly $1 billion for FY 2022’s budget projections and $1.37 billion for FY 2023. However, having billions in surplus in the state’s coffers doesn’t mean all Marylanders are doing fine. How we got here demonstrates that we have, in fact, two very different Marylands. About two-thirds of our population have been mostly unaffected by the economic calamity of this pandemic. These Marylanders were able to work remotely, invest their wealth in the markets, and run businesses unaffected by the conditions of the pandemic. Wages went up. Spending increased. Capital gains skyrocketed. And it’s not just workers. It’s also mom and pop businesses on our Main streets in the heart of our communities. These family-owned businesses are the backbone of our economy. Most were unable to hire lawyers and accountants to navigate the complicated process for accessing federal and state relief funds. Sadly, tens of thousands of these businesses are now gone forever. Because these billions of dollars in the state’s bank account are unassigned, Maryland’s elected leaders have a unique and rare opportunity to invest in our greatest asset — our people. As this budget surplus proves, their strength is Maryland’s strength. The more stable their wages, the more robust their savings, the greater their ability to spend as consumers, then the greater our revenues year after year. By lifting up our lowest wage earners, everyone benefits. The bottom third of wage earners deserve the freedom from want and insecurity that the top two-thirds of wage earners have demonstrated. By achieving this, they too can fuel the financial strength of our state just as the top twothirds of our wage earners do now. Let’s prevent the economic free fall many still fear today and create the foundation for the economic stability we can foster tomorrow. It’s not enough to say we put money into these programs. We must be able to say we put the money in the hands of those who truly needed it and gave them a ladder to the prosperity they are capable of attaining with a truly level playing field. Immediately, the governor and General Assembly can pass another state stimulus like we did in February. Our office sent out 431,000 payments of $300

or $500 to our state’s lower income taxpayers within days of passing the Maryland Relief Act. The second time around however, we can afford larger stimulus payments and increase the number of people who qualify for them. Let’s say we set aside just $1 billion for this immediate cash stimulus to our families most in need. Then we should fortify our Rainy Day Fund, whose balance is currently $631 million and scheduled to be increased to $1.4 billion in the FY 2022 budget already passed. I recommend we divert even more to strengthen that fund now that our projected revenues are significantly higher. Why? Because we know that despite all of the projections, our economy can change in an instant and we are, in fact, still battling an unpredictable pandemic. Now is the time for the state to come together and decide what truly defines Maryland when it comes to our budget priorities. I strongly encourage that we invest a significant percentage of this surplus in one-time priorities that help stabilize our rental markets and affordable housing, jumpstart transportation projects like Baltimore City’s Red Line, and fund innovative solutions for some of our most urgent environmental challenges. We also must invest in Maryland’s main streets – our family owned hospitality and retail businesses. These businesses need an immediate infusion of cash, akin to the paycheck protection program, in order to keep their employees on the job while also ensuring they can maintain their bottom line. We should also consider staff signing bonuses to help bring back our main streets while providing those who have been out of work with a needed infusion of funds. Let’s get this right and fix broken systems that have delayed unemployment benefits, rental assistance, child care provider payments and more. We also must ensure that taxpayers’ dollars are not landing in the hands of fraudsters – something the state has not done well during the pandemic. We cannot repeat the disasters that occurred at the Maryland Department of Labor with unemployment disbursements and we must increase the pace of the distribution of rental relief funds. Hundreds of daycare providers have been waiting for emergency grants from the Maryland State Department of Education for months. We must use some of these funds to fix these systems that are supposed to be providing critically needed funds quickly. We often hear leaders talk about how COVID exacerbated problems that existed before the pandemic and will linger long after it finally passes. We must stabilize those who continue to suffer while preparing long-term solutions to inequities in our housing and labor markets that have been thrown into full view over the past year. Marylanders deserve results, not more rhetoric, and this money is an opportunity. Peter Franchot (The writer is the state comptroller.)

It’s been interesting to talk with school-aged parents about typical concerns over the last week. Rather than dwelling on masks, which right or wrong are essential to keeping kids in school and out of constant quarantine, the focus of late has turned to the absurdity of conducting state testing one month into the school year. A letter distributed by the state Department of Education reads, “As part of continued COVID-19 recovery efforts, the Maryland State Department of Education is conducting an early fall student assessment as one of several strategies to identify how students are performing academically. The results will help educators better understand student needs, so that we can address disrupted education and accelerate learning opportunities for all students. These results never stand alone in assessing student growth, and will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance.” Another way to explain why more than 6,500 county students – some of whom have not been in school since March 2020 – are being forced to undergo these standardized tests now is to capture how far behind they are for the record. It’s clear the majority of students are going to struggle on these assessments, which have been shortened from traditional tests and reflect the previous spring’s grade level material. No matter, the scores are going to be poor, coming off summer and a period of instruction inconsistency. A majority of students will underperform. School systems will be able to compare these nadir test results after considerably less instruction than normal with the next rounds of test scores, which should be normalized by consistent in-person learning. While the need for a barometer to evaluate students is understandable, the timing of having these kids take these tests, and teachers forced to administer them, one month into a new school year is downright cold. No matter, the conversations about the absurd timing of these tests was welcomed this week over more predictable discussions over facial coverings. There were two significant losses this week for the Ocean City community – one in the real estate industry and another in the hospitality business. I knew them both on a personal level. One year after receiving the Coastal Association REALTORS Lifetime Achievement Award, Realtor Joy Snyder has passed away. Joy was a professional Realtor who worked tirelessly at her trade. She was principled, dedicated and disciplined about her work. Throughout her nearly 50-year real estate career, she was known for her attention to detail and ethical standards. She was considered the local expert in the real estate industry, working tirelessly for her clients and mentoring dozens of aspiring Realtors throughout her career. I talked to Joy on a weekly basis through email, text or phone for more than 20 years. “Snyder,” as she would often refer to herself, would call and give me scoops about a property’s pending transaction, general scuttlebutt and also some words of advice on life. I always answered her call. For one, I knew it would be short because she always had a lot on her plate. Secondly, I also had a ton of respect for her and never wanted to put her to voicemail and not give her the time she deserved. When her cancer diagnosis came, she was stubborn and strong, working as long as she could. The contact diminished during her courageous battle, but her impact on so many of us will never wane. I take comfort in knowing she is no longer in pain after her long battle with pancreatic cancer and send best wishes to her close family members as well as the ocean of friends who were touched this week. Bill Gibbs, who gained the nickname “Bird” due to his basketball prowess as a young man, was a legend in the Ocean City restaurant community. When this newspaper honored Gibbs as one of our Charitable Souls in 2012, the three words he used to describe himself were generous, compassionate and determined – perfect traits to sum up Gibbs. His professional success is obvious, but he also saw fit to give back to his community, donating generously to dozens of causes and, perhaps most importantly, volunteering his time in leadership capacities. One of my favorite memories was the speech he gave in 2014 when he was recognized as businessman of the year by the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. With his blunt characterization of his career and his honest descriptions of his many local business ventures – most of which were successful while a few not so much – his speech was the highlight of the night for me. He made the audience laugh. He also made many of us think. He might have even made some of the more emotional types get choked because his sincerity was evident when he talked about his family, especially his wife, as well as his close business colleagues that he spoke of with respect and gratitude. In one of the more candid moments, Gibbs reflected on a failure he recently had. He talked about the former Castaways restaurant in Ocean City that he opened. He said he purchased the former Capt. Bob’s property and redeveloped it to try something different. He admitted it didn’t go well and the business went under. “I screwed up. I failed again,” Gibbs said, going on to say he was proud to see a new restaurant in its place prospering. It was this sort of humble, honest way I will remember about Mr. Gibbs. He was as genuine as it gets.


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on’t sweat the small stuff.” It’s an approach I wholeheartedly embrace with my kids through daily life. If I micromanage every aspect of their lives, I may go crazy. Deep dives on every action I disapprove of, missed assignments, concerning observations or behavior choices is unhealthy. I find enough in life to fret over on a daily basis. With raising kids, “don’t sweat the small stuff” is a mantra to live by for me. Mistakes and bad judgments will occur and not every single misstep or questionable choice needs to be a mountain when it’s just a molehill in the big picture. Perspective is needed, especially with Carson, 11. Winning with Carson is him going to school every day without any trouble, getting through his school with as much success as possible, completing his twice-a-week speech therapy sessions satisfactorily, learning something new in a music lesson, sharing a few laughs and getting a full night sleep. Life is too complicated for a boy with Autism and his parents to not keep it simple. Maintaining a holistic approach works best with him and even his 13-year-old brother for that matter. To do otherwise would lead to unmanageable anxiety and stress. Embrace the small wins, dodge and learn from the losses and celebrate the great things. All the while not getting worked up over little things that help him success, though seem strange for neurotypicals. Here are some examples of unique situations where certain aspects for Carson get overlooked because of his unique life circumstances. •Carson has not worn socks or underwear in years. Both are uncomfortable and fighting every morning while getting dressed over these aspects became counterproductive. He doesn’t

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and that. I did jog back to the truck afterwards though to get where I needed to be. For him, the good news he had his trusty stuffed animal and walked right into school with a smile on his face. For me, I was 15 minutes late and sweaty. •Twice over the last week, we have been walking out the door for school at 7:25 and Carson has raced back inside. He had to use the bathroom, and this was not the quick type. This is when I pace around the house practicing my deep breaths. One morning Beckett was in the kitchen and asked what I was doing. He said, “oh never mind, you’re just trying not to lose it again.” Evidently I sometimes am not successful in not sweating the small stuff. •One last dip for the pool was closed turned into a skinny dip session for Carson. I would normally care but after a challenging week I caved. It was private enough and he was excited. It wasn’t a battle to wage at that time. What was unfortunate is we had forgot to bring out even one towel. He just used my shirt and left me to dry on my own. •Minutes before a virtual speech therapy session Wednesday, Carson would not put his shirt back on. I didn’t want to give in here, but I did eventually. He won. Ms. Sommer said, “oh Dad is going to let you go shirtless today, okay by me.” I took that to mean Pam requires him to wear a shirt. When I said something later to Carson, he feigned ignorance and shrugged his shoulders, signing I was crazy for thinking anything of the sort. For what it’s worth, he had a great speech session albeit shirtless. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to editor@mdcoastdispatch.com.)

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